Chinese social media company, TikTok has exited Hong Kong in fear that it could be targeted as the new Chinese national security law takes hold on the city.
The development is coming few hours after US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said the US is looking at banning Chinese social media apps including TikTok.
Mike Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham.
To show the severity of the plan, he added that “we’re taking this very seriously.”
When Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, he said:, “especially TikTok.”
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura,” he said. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.”
Washington’s top diplomat added that people should only download the app “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
TikTok did not immediately responded to the news.
This year, TikTok has become the most popular social media platform with over 800 million users worldwide.
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming.