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Trump is looking at banning TikTok and other Chinese apps


In some ominous news for American teens, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the White House was considering whether to ban TikTok.
Pompeo is certainly not a TikTok user himself. During a Fox News interview on Monday night, he was asked whether he would recommend downloading the massively popular Chinese video-sharing app.
Only if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese C*mm*n*st Party, he replied.
Then, when asked if Chinese apps like TikTok would be banned, he responded: I dont want to get out in front of the president, but its something were looking at.
Of course, saying that youre looking at something is about as noncommital as you can get and, in political parlance, is typically code for something that you dont plan to do.
However, the vague pronouncement certainly cant be comforting for TikTok, which has faced increased difficulties recently because of it being owned by the Beijing-based ByteDance.
While TikTok has repeatedly insisted that it will not share data with the Chinese government even if asked critics remain unconvinced, even as the app announced this week that it would be promptly pulling out of Hong Kong in the wake of new national security laws coming into place.

TikTok has already been barred from one of its biggest markets with the Indian government banning 59 Chinese apps last week following a brutal border skirmish between Chinese and Indian troops high up in the Himalayas.
Some Republican politicians have suggested that the US should follow suit, though, at least for now, thats only something that Trump is looking at.


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