Trump says he will BAN TikTok in USA within 24 hours

Cheryl Sanders
August 1, 2020

US President Donald Trump says he will ban the popular short-form video app TikTok from operating in the country, rejecting a potential deal for Microsoft to buy the app from its Chinese-owned parent company. He said he could use an executive order or emergency economic powers. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden also banned his staffers from using TikTok on both their personal and work devices on Tuesday. But a lot of things are happening, so we'll see what happens.

Trump has been against any Chinese owned social media apps in the US marketplace, fearing national security concerns.

The TikTok saga is the latest in a story of ever-growing tension between China and the US.

For the U.S. government, the platform's Chinese ownership has raised concerns about the censorship of videos, including those critical of the Chinese government or supportive of causes such as democracy in Hong Kong.

Two of the top-selling newspapers have claimed that Donald Trump wanted to order the sale of TikTok's USA operations by China-based ByteDance, citing sharing of data with Chinese intelligence as the reason.

Trump made clear he was not in favor of a deal to let a US company buy TikTok's American operations. The New York Times and Fox Business, citing an unidentified source, reported on Friday that Microsoft was in discussions to buy TikTok, though Microsoft declined to comment.

Microsoft and the White House did not respond to a request for comment.

ByteDance launched TikTok in 2017, then bought, a video service popular with teens in the US and Europe, and combined the two.

The Chinese video-sharing social networking service hasn't just triggered fear among Republicans.

As soon as an official statement about TikTok is released tomorrow (if indeed one is) we will pass it on to you.

The Trump administration has complained that the application takes data and is used by the Chinese government.

Tik Tok became a major hit with younger generations and celebrities around the world for its fun and easy video-making features, which has resulted in Facebook and Snapchat seeing the app as a threat to their businesses. As TikTok became more popular, United States officials grew concerned about the potential for the Chinese government to use the app to gain data on USA citizens. The company has hired a US CEO, a former top Disney executive, in an attempt to distance itself from its Chinese ownership.

These national-security worries parallel a broader USA security crackdown on Chinese companies, including telecom providers Huawei and ZTE. It also told China's Beijing Kunlun Tech sell off its 2016 purchase of gay dating app Grindr. TikTok has pulled their app from Hong Kong's digital marketplace as a result of China's new national security laws.

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