Mike Pompeo: US to consider banning TikTok and other Chinese apps
Rumors swirled on Monday that US Attorney General Merrick Garland was going to announce a ban on TikTok after teasing a press conference after news that he'd give details of a "significant national security case."
The popular video-sharing app has faced controversy in the past with some claiming it is a threat to national security because it is owned by the Chinese-based company, ByteDance.
\u201cHearing chatter that the US will ban TikTok today.\u201d
— Mohammed Alyahya \u0645\u062d\u0645\u062f \u0627\u0644\u064a\u062d\u064a\u0649 (@Mohammed Alyahya \u0645\u062d\u0645\u062f \u0627\u0644\u064a\u062d\u064a\u0649)
As 2pm rolled around, Garland appeared before the press to inform people the US government was going to charge two Chinese nationalists with trying to obstruct justice in an investigation into Huawei Technologies Co - not a ban on TikTok.
\u201cGod dammit\nBan TikTok anyway, COME ON\u201d
In 2020, the US accused Huawei Technologies of stealing trade secrets and committing bank fraud, the following year they added conspiracy to commit racketeering to the list of charges against the company
According to the complaint, filed Monday, the two Chinese spies paid a US law enforcement employee to provide what they believed to be confidential information about the case.
The US law enforcement agent was also working for the government, unbeknownst to the spies.
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