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Many countries are hardening their stance against China. U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States is ‘looking at’ banning Chinese social media apps, including Tiktok.

According to various media reports, Pompeo told a leading US news channel that “it’s something we’re looking at.”

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The move comes amidst tensions between China and the US on a range of issues. The top US diplomat has led Trump administration officials in criticising Beijing for a lack of transparency and disinformation campaign on the coronavirus since it emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

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US experts had called for the ban on Tik Tok citing the handling of user data and threats posing to national security. Tik Tok owned by the Chinese company Bytedance, has been trying to solve the issues by disassociation with their origin country. Australia also has been vocal about the need to ban Chinese social media apps.

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India had banned Tik Tok along with 58 other Chinese apps after the border clash between India and China at Galwan Valley.