The U.S. says it might ban TikTok and now Canadians are worried
The U.S. just announced it might ban TikTok and even Canadians are getting worried.
American politicians have accused the social media app of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested the possible ban during an interview with Fox News.
"With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too," he said.
"I don't want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it's something we're looking at."
Pompeo added that people should only download the app "if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party."
The remarks were shared after a period of heightened tensions between the U.S. and China over matters including national security, trade and technology.
The news has caused some Canadians to worry that we might soon follow suit in banning the app.
if tiktok gets banned in canada ima be pissed— 𝘀𝗮𝗿𝗮 ✰🧃 (@hosslerlewis) July 6, 2020
People are also worried the move will mean losing access to some of their favourite TikTok stars.
What we gonna do now? I live in Canada, but I stan so many American influencers on tiktok https://t.co/6ekKJEQcIF— :) (@bebe_muffin) July 7, 2020
Some people claimed that they would take extreme action if the app was banned.
Movinggggg too Canada if they ban TikTok— kristallllllllll (@MontesKristall) July 7, 2020
While other people are looking at America's loss as Canada's gain.
once the US bans tiktok, Canada will solidify itself as the greatest nation— a (@amjonar) July 7, 2020
TikTok is popular. The video-sharing app was downloaded 315 million times in the first three months of this year alone.
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