US could ban TikTok: Sec. Mike Pompeo

"It's something we're looking at," said Pompeo

The United States is looking at the possibility of banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked about it in an interview with FOX News.

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"It's something we're looking at," said Pompeo.

It is the latest controversy involving China which includes increasing U.S.-China tensions over trade, the coronavirus outbreak and recently, China's actions in Hong Kong.

TikTok said Tuesday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies following a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.

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"We've worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it was the problem of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure. We've gone all over the world and we're making process getting it out. We declared ZTE a danger to American national security," said Pompeo. "We've done all of these things. With respect to Chinese apps on American cellphones, I can assure you the U.S. will get this one right too."

TikTok is a short-form video app owned by China-based ByteDance, but is not available in China.

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The company has also tried to distance itself from its Chinese roots.

Concerns have always been raised surrounding how Chinese companies, including TikTok, handle user data.

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Pompeo says you should only download that app if "you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."