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Trump toys with idea of banning TikTok to stop China from spying on Americans

Donald Trump toys with idea of banning TikTok to stop China from spying on Americans

 

United States President Donald Trump has revealed that the U.S. is considering banning Chinese social media app TikTok citing fears it could be used by China to spy on Americans.

US officials have raised concerns over the Chinese government stealing private and personal data via Americans’ cell phones via such smartphone applications.

The president who spoke to newsmen in the South Lawn before departing the White House for a day trip to Texas, said: ‘We’re looking at TikTok, we’re thinking about making a decision.’

Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin also disclosed that the app is under review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. He informed reporters he would have a recommendation for the president this week on how to handle the Chinese-based app.

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign had earlier banned staffers from using the Chinese video-sharing app, citing security and privacy concerns.

Biden’s general counsel, Dana Remus, in a memo on Monday, ordered staff members to delete TikTok from both their personal and work phones, and to ‘refrain from downloading and using TikTok,’ according to Bloomberg.

The memo also banned staff from trading individual stocks without approval from the campaign’s general counsel.

Few days ago, India banned 47 more Chinese apps just weeks after blocking popular video-sharing platform TikTok and 58 others over national security and privacy concerns.

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