The United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo says that the U.S. will purge all ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps
India had banned nearly 59 Chinese origin Apps in June 2020 over data security issues. Now the United States is following India’s patch to purge the Appverse of unclean Chinese Apps. U.S. yesterday said that it was stepping up efforts to purge “untrusted” Chinese apps from U.S. digital networks. It also added that Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok and messenger app WeChat Apps are “significant threats.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the U.S. wanted a clean network and would prevent intrusive Chinese apps that dealt with US citizens’ data. Pompeo added that the United States would prevent Chinese telecoms companies from accessing sensitive information on American citizens and businesses.
TikTok and WeChat Apps are the prime targets for President Trump’s administration. “With parent companies based in China, apps like TikTok, WeChat and others are significant threats to personal data of American citizens, not to mention tools for CCP (Chinese Communist Party) content censorship,” Pompeo said.
The Chinese origin, short video uploading App, TikTok has been given until September 15 to either sell it’s U.S. network to Microsoft or ship out. Now WeChat Messenger App has been added to the list by Secretary Pompeo.
China stated that the United States had no right to ban these apps. In an interview with state news agency Xinhua on Wednesday, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said the United States “has no right” to set up the “Clean Network” and calls the actions by Washington as “a textbook case of bullying”. “Anyone can see through clearly that the intention of the U.S. is to protect its monopoly position in technology and to rob other countries of their proper right to development,” he added.
China faces increasing international isolation with most countries barring Huawei and ZTE from participating in their 5G networks. TikTok is also facing probe for children’s data handling.