Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the White House is looking into banning the popular app TikTok, reports CNN.
Pompeo made his statement in response to a question from Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.”
India last week announced it would ban the video app along with 58 other Chinese apps as its tensions with China increase.
“TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S., a company spokesman told Forbes. “We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”
Earlier this year, TikTok hired former Disney executive Kevin Mayer as its CEO in an effort to rebuild trust with U.S. regulators.
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