The Trump administration’s push to ban the Chinese owned video creation application TikTok has been a major problem for the Chinese Communist Party, which is accused of using the app for nefarious purposes to spy on its users.
The app has already been banned by the Pentagon for its potential to collect troves of information on its users.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in July during a presser that data is from the application is sent to China. He stated during a British media interview, that if TikTok is banned, the data will not end “up in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party,” which he characterized as an “evil empire.”
TikTok has denied the accusations of data mishandling but U.S. intelligence officials say that the company, owned by the Chinese government is using the popular application to infiltrate American networks, as well as collect information on individuals and families.