The US government wants to keep “untrustworthy” apps from China away from American smartphones on a broad front. In addition to “Tiktok”, a popular messenger service would also be affected.
“Apps from the People’s Republic of China threaten our privacy, spread computer viruses and spread propaganda and false information,” said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday night. They should be removed from the U.S. app stores.
In addition to the video app Tiktok, which recently hit the headlines, Pompeo also mentioned the WeChat messenger service, which is extremely popular in China. Initially, there was no information on who and according to which criteria should determine the trustworthiness of the apps.
Pompeo also wants to ensure that personal information from American citizens and data from US companies do not end up in cloud services from Chinese providers such as Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent. The US government also wants to prevent Chinese network operators such as China Mobile from accessing American telecommunications networks.
The US Secretary of State also called on companies from other countries not to bring their applications to the in-house app store of the Chinese smartphone provider Huawei. Huawei is building its own app platform because the company will no longer be able to access Google’s Play Store download offer for Android smartphones due to US sanctions on new models. The American government accuses Huawei of spying, among other things, and the company rejects this.
In the case of Tiktok, US President Donald Trump recently discussed a ban in the United States, pointing to a risk to user data. Microsoft is currently negotiating with the Chinese parent company Bytedance to buy the US business of the video app, which is also popular in Germany. Tiktok says they never shared data with Chinese authorities.
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