White House says restrictions on TikTok could come in ‘weeks, not months’…
The White House has hinted at a timeframe for taking action against TikTok, to restrictions on TikTok the favored social video app owned by Chinese internet company ByteDance. Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration was “certainly looking at” banning the app, and now Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows says a move could come within weeks.
“There are variety of administration officials who are watching the national security risk because it relates to TikTok, WeChat and other apps that have the potential for national security exposure, specifically because it relates to the gathering of data on americans by a far off adversary,” Meadows told reporters traveling from Atlanta on Air Force One. “I dont think there’s any self-imposed deadline for action, but i feel we are watching weeks, not months.”
TikTok denies that it’s a security risk, and has taken measures to distance itself from Douyin, the Chinese version of the app. the corporate has appointed a replacement CEO, ex-Disney exec Kevin Meyer, and last week it pulled out of Hong Kong after the region adopted a replacement national security law giving further power to the central Chinese government.
White House says restrictions on TikTok could come in ‘weeks, not months’
“TikTok is led by an American CEO, with many employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here within the US,” the corporate said in response to Pompeo’s comments. “We haven’t any higher priority than promoting a secure and secure app experience for our users. we’ve never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”
Many US lawmakers remain but convinced, however, pointing to China’s national intelligence law that compels internet companies to supply data when the govt demands it.