The move to ban TikTok
in the US has suddenly gained momentum after India's decision in this regard last month.
"They (Indians) made the decision that they were going to pull 50 or so Chinese applications off the systems that were operating inside India. They did not do that because the United States told them to. They did it because they could see the threat to the Indian people from the Chinese Communist Party," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Economic Club of New York in a virtual exchange.
The US, he said, has been working closely with the Indians across a broad spectrum of the full range of international
partnership with them to assist them in making sure that they have all the information they need to make good decisions.
Early this month, Pompeo had said the US may ban TikTok.
"I made a comment about TikTok.
But we got to go back to principles first. The mission set is to protect American national security. And in this case, the information of American citizens," he told The Hill newspaper in an interview.
A group of 24 influential Republican Congressmen urged US President Donald Trump
on Wednesday to ban TikTok and other Chinese mobile applications, stating that India has taken the extraordinary step of banning 60 Chinese-affiliated apps due to national security concerns.
Writing to support the administration's efforts to restrict TikTok and other social media platforms linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from accessing US markets, the lawmakers, in a letter to Trump, alleged that these popular apps' data collection practices, coupled with China's onerous cybersecurity laws requiring all companies
operating in China, including TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, to share user data with CCP authorities, present a very real threat to US national security.
"As such, we urge your administration to take decisive action to protect the American people's privacy and safety," the lawmakers wrote to Trump.