Edicts by Wells Fargo, India and the U.S. military forbidding use of popular Chinese video-sharing app TikTok, may portend a national ban and raise questions if such a prohibition would be practical and enforceable, and what the greater implications would be.
Owned by Beijing-based internet technology company ByteDance, TikTok has been downloaded more than 2 billion times. Just this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly told Fox News the U.S. was considering a ban on TikTok and other apps of Chinese origins, warning that users should only install such programs "if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party." Meanwhile, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro reportedly called TikTok’s new CEO Kevin Mayer a "puppet" for China and added that WeChat, a messaging app owned by Chinese company Tencent, could also face a ban.
For its part, TikTok reportedly maintains that it does not share user information with China, and says it stores American user data on servers in the U.S. and Singapore. Yet talks of punitive actions by the U.S. have intensified, especially with the U.S. locked in a trade war with China -- a country regularly accused of employing cyberattacks to steal intellectual property in an attempt to gain economic superiority and become a world leader in 5G.
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