U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Americans Monday night that the Chinese Communist party may be using popular social media app TikTok to spy on and try to influence them.
People using the app, which was made in China, may be inadvertently providing their personal information to Chinese officials, he said.
He also noted the Trump administration might move to restrict Americans' access to the app.
"We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it," Pompeo said "... With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too."
Pompeo made the remarks during an appearance on "The Ingraham Angle," a Fox News show hosted by Laura Ingraham. Roughly 30 million Americans use the video app, Ingraham said.
The social media company recently announced it will cease operations in Hong Kong, a move that follows the implementation of a sweeping new security law that cedes greater control of the province to the Chinese government. In contrast, other tech giants — including Google, Facebook, and Twitter — have said they will pause or halt altogether their responses to requests from the government of Hong Kong to review data from those platforms.
🔦 Australia reportedly is considering its own ban of TikTok, and India already has banned the app.