President Trump earlier this week threatened to ban TikTok, a short-video app developed in China that was used by K-pop (Korean pop music) fans last month to falsely inflate numbers at Trump’s Oklahoma rally. But it’s not because of how the app was used last month, according to the President. It’s to punish China for the Coronavirus.
But, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interview with Fox’s Laura Ingraham yesterday, the reason for the ban is actually for national security.
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right, too, Laura. I don’t want to get out in front of the president, but it’s something we’re looking at,” Pompeo said.
Trump has also changed his tune, from “punishing” China for the Coronavirus, to being concerned about cybersecurity. He added that TikTok wasn’t the only app they were looking to potentially ban.
“It’s a big business. Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they’ve done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful,” Trump said.
It’s important to note that India banned TikTok last month (along with 58 other Chinese apps they suspected of spying), citing security concerns. But India has been had border conflicts with China recently, which escalated into a deadly clash last month and appears to be far from over.
Whatever the actual reason for the the threat of the ban, one thing is glaringly obvious… the US’s cybersecurity is woefully lacking. Banning one app is not going to fix that; there is a much deeper issue in the US regarding cybersecurity which will hopefully get some much-needed attention sooner, rather than later.
TikTok released a statement on the matter, saying that they “have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”
“TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product and public policy here in the U.S.”
-Statement from TikTok
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