TikTok’s Impending Ban
Tiktok may get banned by the US
The Trump administration is apparently considering a ban on some Chinese social media apps, including the popular video app TikTok. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility on July 7th, saying it was “something we’re looking at” in a Fox News interview and on July 31st, President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he planned to personally ban the app using his own authority, instead of potentially forcing its Chinese owner to divest it.
The US Department of State unveiled recently the Clean Network program, calling it an effort to protect individual and corporate privacy, as well as sensitive information. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the program will guard against “aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party.”
Pompeo said the program had five elements to protect carrier networks and infrastructure in the US, which build on the Trump administration’s 5G Clean Path initiative announced in April. The program proposes vast updates to the way the internet is structured, with the goal of scrutinizing how undersea cables and cloud providers could be giving the Chinese government access to US data. It also seeks to remove popular US apps from Chinese phones made by Huawei and others, while urging US app stores not to offer apps from companies based in China.