US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said TikTok should be “ended one way or another,” but noted “there are different ways of doing that.”
Speaking at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, Blinken said he did not know if it would be sufficient for TikTok to be divested from its Chinese parent company.
The top US diplomat said he believed the app is a threat to US national security, but would not outright say that it should be banned. He noted that it has been prohibited for use by US Embassy contractors and third party vendors.
“Clearly, we, the administration and others are seized with the challenge that it poses and are taking action to address it,” he said.