Fox News has reported that President Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is keen to ban the Chinese-made social media app which is popular worldwide.
It comes after TikTok also withdrew from Hong Kong after claims China’s communists were “censoring pro-democracy posts”, according to the Washington Post.
Just days ago the Indian government banned TikTok and many more Chinese-made apps saying they posed a danger to the nation.
In a no-holds-barred official statement a government spokesman said: “The apps are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”.
Almost 60 Chinese apps have been banned – triggering calls for similar action in the US and Australia.
The India ban – which also affected messaging app WeChat – was seen by international observers as a response to escalating tensions over a border dispute between the two powers.
Recent clashes in the Ladakh region left at least 20 Indian troops dead.
However some TikTok users have complained about data harvesting, spying, and censorship abuses.
TikTok has been accused of censoring pro-democracy postings in Hong Kong at the behest of the Chinese government.
And today the firm announced it was pulling out of Hong Kong altogether.
India’s Ministry of Information Technology said the nationwide ban was a response to “many complaints from various sources” about apps that were “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner”.
A Ministry spokesman said: “The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures.”
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