Headline RoundupJuly 10th, 2020

Trump Looking to Ban TikTok After China Enforces Censorship Laws in Hong Kong

Summary from the AllSides News Team

After China imposed internet censorship laws in Hong Kong last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the White House is looking into banning media applications from China, including popular video sharing application TikTok. Pompeo told Fox News that people should only download it “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” TikTok responded to Pompeo's comments Tuesday stating they had never shared any information with the Chinese government; in light of the new laws, TikTok's parent company ByteDance is looking to move its headquarters out of Hong Kong. Coverage from both the left and right noted that TikTok's switch comes amid escalating tensions over security and privacy between China and U.S. social media sites who refuse to hand over their Hong Kong user data. Some right-rated outlets said ByteDance "[showed] principle" by moving their headquarters and refusing to give over information.

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