Trump says he might ban using TikTok for all Americans
President Donald Trump said he is thinking about a possibility to shut down TikTok in the United States.
Since the recent tension between the U.S. and China – TikTok is owned by a Chinese firm. – the American officials are concerned that the Chinese government is gathering the information about the U.S. citizens and tapping into the personal data with a help of the app.
Trump called the actions of such companies “very bad,” but without getting into specifications.
Mike Pompeo recently warned the American citizens who use TikTok.
"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."
The application has already been prohibited to be used on government cell phones of federal employees. The bill banning TikTok was pushed by Republican Senator Josh Hawley.
A Senate Homeland Security subcommittee approved a twin bill in that chamber last week.
"TikTok is a major security risk to the United States, and it has no place on government devices," Mr Hawley said in March, when he introduced his bill.