A White House official said Wednesday that ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s administration is studying the national security risks of social media applications, including Tickcock and WeChat, with the issue to be expected in the coming weeks Can.
File photo: This image, taken on November 8, 2019, has the Tik Tok logo displayed on the smartphone, ticking the American flag. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / File Photo
“There have been a number of … Administration officials who are looking at national security risks as it relates to Tiktok, WeChat and other apps that have potential for national security risks, especially this information on US citizens The gathering is related. By a foreign adversary, “White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters the route from Georgia to Washington.
“I don’t know if there is a self-imposed deadline in terms of action, but I would say that we are looking at weeks, not months,” he said.
Tiktok defended its security practices in a statement, saying: “We are fully committed to protecting the privacy and security of our users.
“Tiktok has an American CEO, a Chief Information Security Officer with decades of US military and law enforcement experience, and a growing American team that is diligently working to develop a best-in-class security infrastructure Works. Tiktok US user data is stored in Virginia and Singapore, with strict controls on employee access. These are facts, ”the statement said.
WeChat owner Tencent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The comment comes in the form of TikTok, a popular short video-sharing app owned by the Beijing Byteins Technology Company, which finds itself increasingly in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as the US-China coronovirus epidemic and curbs on independence in Hong Kong The move to Beijing is sour.
Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States is banning Chinese social media apps, including Tickcock, but no further details have been provided.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that the administration is taking action against Chinese social media services such as Tickcock under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which gives the president broad powers to punish companies in response to extraordinary threats that this Cites people familiar with the case.
But the administration was already looking into the company, with lawmakers calling for an investigation over concerns it could fail to censor politically sensitive material and securely store personal data.
Reuters reported last November that a powerful US government committee known as CFIUS had launched a national security review of the $ 1 billion acquisition of the US social media app Musical.Lee’s Bindens.
Meadows went into great detail about the mechanism for responding to any threat posed by Tedok, but noted that the CFIUS review was probably on a parallel path.
WeChat is a chat app owned by Tencent Holdings Limited (0700.HK), A Chinese gaming and social media group, has received less scrutiny in Washington.
Reporting by Jeff Mason; Additional reporting by Alexandra Elper; Writing by Makini Bryce; Editing by Tom Brown and Peter Connie