Fox News has reported that President Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is looking to ban the Chinese-made social media giant along with almost 60 similar apps.
Mr Pompeo said the ban is a response to fears the Chinese app may be used by the Beijing government to deliver propaganda and to spy on users.
Speaking to Laura Ingraham, Pompeo revealed that he and Trump are taking reports of Beijing surveillance and propaganda through TikTok and other apps incredibly seriously.
He said on The Ingraham Angle on Fox News: “We have worked on this very issue for a long time, whether its the problem of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure – we’ve gone all over the world and we are making real progress getting that out – we had declared ZTE a danger to American national security.
He continued: “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too.”
Pompeo stressed that he did not want to get ahead of President Trump’s announcement and reveal any specifics on potential laws.
But the secretary did add that banning the hugely popular app “is something we are looking at”.
He went on to warn American users of Chinese apps that they need to be careful, as they risk putting their private information "in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party”.
TikTok reported an astonishing 37.2 million American users in 2019, with user growth predicted to surge year on year by 21.9 percent.
The huge growth of the app means that it is expected to hit 45.4 million USA users by 2020’s end.
In June, it was reported by Forbes that the app was caught spying on millions of iPhone users again by Apple, after previously being caught in April.
Just days ago, the Indian government banned TikTok and many more Chinese-made apps saying they posed a danger to the nation.
In a no-holds-barred official statement a government spokesman said: “The apps are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order".
Almost 60 Chinese apps have been banned – triggering calls for similar action in the US and Australia.