President Donald Trump sets a deadline of September 15 for Tik Tok, a popular Chinese-owned video app, to be sold to an American company or he will close it. (August 3)
The U.S. wants “untrusted” Chinese apps to be removed from U.S. app stores, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, calling the popular apps TikTok and WeChat.
He also called for companies to limit their apps from phones made by Huawei Technologies.
“With major China-based companies, apps like TikTok, WeChat and others are significant threats to U.S. citizens’ personal data, ”not to mention the tool for content censorship, Pompeo said at a news conference .
The State Department will also work to limit the ability of Chinese cloud service providers to collect, store and process American personal information and business intellectual property, including r Vaccine research, Pompeo said, is part of a “clean network” initiative.
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Chinese telecommunications companies and Chinese submarine internet cables have also come under fire, with Pompeo calling for restrictions to prevent Beijing from compromising U.S. information and communications.
“We call on all nations and countries that love freedom to join the clean network,” he told reporters.
Pompeo’s remarks represented an escalation in President Donald Trump’s push to rise above Chinese technology, which the White House says is a threat to national security.
President Trump is insisting that TikTok be stopped or sold later because of its ownership by China’s ByteDance. He warned that the video app must sell its U.S. business by Sept. 15 or be banned in the U.S.
When seeking to lift the threatened ban, TikTok is in talks with Microsoft. He declined to share the data with the Chinese government.
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