Donald Trump says USA will ban Chinese social media app TikTok

Donald Trump says USA will ban Chinese social media app TikTok

Earlier this week, President Trump said he was "looking at" taking action against TikTok; it was unclear if the president meant banning TikTok, in the same way India recently banned TikTok and several other Chinese apps. He described the action as a "severance" and said that an executive order enforcing the ban could be signed as soon as today. This would allow the service to continue to operate in the United States, sidestepping the alleged executive order threatened by President Trump. But a lot of things are happening, so we'll see what happens. "We may be banning TikTok".

President Trump said he's banning the Chinese owned video-sharing app from US operations.

TikTok's worldwide growth began when Beijing-based media and entertainment giant ByteDance bought Musical.ly, a Chinese company which had U.S. operations, in 2017, and merged it with its own app the following year. "We are certainly looking at it", and that, "With respect to Chinese apps on peoples' cellphones, the United States will get this one right".

According to Bloomberg's sources, USA government officials have had talks with "at least one other large company" other than Microsoft which hasn't been identified.

Reps for TikTok did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment.

Queried by AFP, TikTok declined to comment on the reports of the forced sales, saying: "We are confident in the long-term success of TikTok".

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

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

United States tech giants such as Facebook and Snapchat have come to see the Chinese-made platform as a competitive threat.

The company has denied allegations that it shares user data with the Chinese government.

TikTok maintains it doesn't censor videos based on topics sensitive to China and it would not give the Chinese government access to U.S. user data even if asked.

The platform has hundreds of employees in the USA and recently hired Kevin Mayer, a former Disney executive, as chief executive, according to the Post.

The move was aimed at resolving policymakers' concerns that the foreign-owned TikTok may be a national security risk.

"It looks like ByteDance may be getting squeezed by Beijing, so making them divest makes sense", he said.

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