Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is "looking at" banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps. Pompeo told Fox News' Laura Ingraham that he's taking it "very seriously" and said the company sends users' private information to the Chinese Communist Party.
"TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the US. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked."
If you haven't heard of TikTok, then you must be living off in the hills somewhere and are probably not even reading this article because you don't have access to the internet and are probably living a peaceful and fulfilling life.
For those of you reading this, you know what TikTok is. You can't escape it these days. The app has been a major hit in America and was downloaded 315 million times in just the first three months of this year.
Apparently TikTok is an even bigger sensation in India. Last week their government said they would ban the app and other Chinese apps because they threaten the country's sovereignty and integrity.
Personal information aside, could we just ban it to get rid of the stupid videos bombarding our faces everyday? That should be reason enough. Alex Stone joined us this afternoon to report on Pompeo's comments, and what it could mean for the social media giant: