The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that the President would be taking action “in the coming days” on Chinese Software that tends to put national security at risk. He continued giving remarks on the Chinese apps and Software and stated world-widely popular video app TikTok comes among those “feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party.” Source: BBC.
Pompeo gave his comments soon after Mr. Trump declared the ban of the TikTok app in the United States.
On the other hand, the company has completely denied sharing data with the Chinese government.
While speaking to Fox News Channel, Mr. Pompeo stated that the actions would be taken “with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party”. Source: BBC.
Further, he said that there are “countless” entities running a business in the United States and might be sharing data with the Chinese government. The shared data type includes- phone numbers, addresses, facial recognition patterns, and other contact details.
“President Trump has said ‘enough’ and we’re going to fix it,” said Pompeo. Source: BBC.
There are many Republican senators who have shown their support to a plan released by ByteDance to deprive the operations of the United States.
Lindsey Graham, the Senator, tweeted- “What’s the right answer? Have an American company like Microsoft take over TikTok. Win-win. Keeps competition alive and data out of the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” Source: Twitter.
With this, technology giant Microsoft has confirmed that it is in constant talk to buy the operations of TikTok for the United States. On Sunday, Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, had a word with President Trump regarding the same.
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