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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Suggests Multiple Ways to Address TikTok’s National Security Threat

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Thursday, 23 March, 2023, 23:42
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Suggests Multiple Ways to Address TikTok’s National Security Threat

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addressed TikTok’s potential threat to US national security during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday. The Secretary suggested that the popular social media app should be “ended one way or another,” but added that there are different ways of doing so.

Blinken expressed concerns about TikTok’s Chinese parent company and the app’s potential risk to the security of the United States. However, he did not explicitly call for a ban on the app. Instead, he raised the possibility of divesting TikTok from its parent company, although he acknowledged that he was unsure whether this would be sufficient.

The US Embassy has already prohibited the use of the app by contractors and third-party vendors due to security concerns. Blinken’s comments suggest that the US government is taking the issue seriously and is exploring various options to address it.

The popular social media app has faced increasing scrutiny from US authorities over the past year, with concerns ranging from data privacy to national security. The comments from the US Secretary of State indicate that the government is continuing to explore ways to mitigate these risks and ensure the safety and security of US citizens.