TikTok, Helo, Kwai, Like are among the Chinese apps to be banned in the US -Pompeo

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.PHOTO | FOX

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States government is"certainly looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including the popular TikTok and Like.

"I don't want to get out in front of the President (Donald Trump), but it's something we're looking at," Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News.

US lawmakers have asked about the national security concerns over TikTok's handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies "to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party."

The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots requesting the global audience and has affirmed its independence from China.

Pompeo's remarks also come amid increasing US-China tensions over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak, China's actions in Hong Kong and a nearly two-year trade war.

TikTok, a short-form video app owned by China-based ByteDance, was recently banned in India along with 58 other Chinese apps after a border clash between India and China.

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