Trump plans to ban TikTok in the U.S.

The move comes amid heightening worries that China could get access to U.S. user data.

8/1/2020 6:21:00 AM

President Trump said that he plans to bar the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok from operating in the United States, a move that comes as officials across Washington accuse the company of posing a national security risk

The move comes amid heightening worries that China could get access to U.S. user data.

President Donald Trump said Friday that he plans to bar the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok from operating in the United States, a move that comes as officials across Washington accuse the company of posing a national security risk.“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters traveling with him from Tampa aboard Air Force One. He said he could take action against the company as soon as Saturday.

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AdvertisementTikTok, owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, has come under fire from lawmakers and government officials on both sides of the aisle over fears that it could turn over American users' information to the Chinese government. TikTok says it has not provided consumers’ personal information to Beijing and would not do so.

The president said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to ban TikTok in the United States.“Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that,” Trump said, referring to emergency economic powers.Trump made clear he was not in favor of a deal to let a U.S. company buy TikTok’s American operations, following reports that Microsoft is in talks to do just that.

An administration official said earlier Friday that the administration would force ByteDance to divest ownership of TikTok through a ruling by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed earlier this week that TikTok has been under review by the inter-agency body, which evaluates whether foreign investments pose security risks. ByteDance acquired TikTok's precursor,, in 2017.Mnuchin said Wednesday that he expected CFIUS to make a recommendation for action on TikTok this week.

After reports of a planned administration action against the company surfaced earlier Friday, TikTok spokesperson Jamie Favazza said in a statement, "While we do not comment on rumors or speculation, we are confident in the long-term success of TikTok. Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, including our community of creators and artists who are building livelihoods from the platform."

Fox Business and other news outlets reported that tech giant Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, a move that would give the trillion dollar company a fresh footprint in the social media market. Microsoft declined comment on the reports.The Trump administration plan to order ByteDance to sell off TikTok was previously reported by Bloomberg.

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It only poses a 'national security risk' because it is the preferred organizing platform of the youngest anti-Trump voters. This is authoritarianism like when Erdogan throttled Twitter. Gen Z should fight back, and hard. Trump has no middle ground, no nuance, no negotiating buzz saw...just cut it off! Very poor way to deal with other countries that we actually need for trade, etc...

The guy who used (still uses?) an unsecured mobile phone pretends to be worried about web security? We know the real reason. He's pissed that a bunch of kids using TikTok made him look like a fool. Controlled by CCP. They have access to anything and all data associated with the app. Unless US company buys app and can give privacy it should be banned. National security.

The president has said a lot of things. Where is America's health care package? You mean China can route information anymore for their Commi intel? Why does it contain a virus? いいなー、人身売買臓器売買して外国人まで収容所いれられる国近いから、アジアのナチシャットアウトしたーい。コロナ発生元、民族弾圧するんだもん、明日は香港ブータン台湾日本人。 No. trump is the one that is a national security risk.

Remember when Iran and later Turkey banned Twitter? dlippman He will make them pay for Tulsa... No mention of Russian bounties and he’s worried about tikTok. Priorities right in line. TrumpThreatensAmerica What facts does he have that would indicate that they are spying? You don't just condemn something unless you have proof!

Banned because they collect information, now let me think, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Instagram, and the beat goes on.... Ole donnie is by FAR a bigger national security risk. Trump is a sexual predator. That’s a security risk. He’s compromised. Beholden to others. Girls matter. The irony that we worry about foreign powers spying on everyday Americans thru stupid funny micro video clips but the truth of the matter is the biggest spy threat is from our own gov listening in on our calls and emails yet nooooo ooonnnneeee cares. :V

Aside from the obvious suppression of an outlet of free speech, Trump’s just salty gen z banded together and ruined his COVID mosh pit in Tulsa Two reasons behind the fake security concerns (45 never cared about security): 1. Sarah Cooper (videos) 2. The ruinous TulsaTrumpTrainwreck Aww. Is the orange one mad about the tulsa fiasco? He does know that anti-trumpers will mobilize their moves on every other platform, right? Is he gonna ban twitter, facebook, instgram, snapchat and more also?

Guess, China was okay back when Trump was asking them for help for his re-election but not for TikTok?🙄 I mean, Sarah Cooper... 4 million 17 year old's will be turning 18 before this election. Let's see how well they take this bit of news. Wow another Tantrum go figure I see he’s still upset about Tulsa

I’m sure this has nothing to do with his friend Zuckerberg rolling out next week a rip off version of TickTock called reals GOPCorruptionOverCountry TikTok tiktokban How does tiktok threaten national security Yes, ban the surveillance! And 4 that matters, prosecution 4 those who surveyed our POTUS

Trump Said He Plans To Ban TikTok From The USTrump has been threatening to ban the popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app citing national security concerns that the company could be misusing American consumer information. Who cares The Land of The Free good thing i live in canada 🕺🕺🕺

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Trump to order China’s ByteDance to sell its share of TikTokPresident Trump will reportedly order China’s ByteDance Ltd. to divest its ownership of the popular U.S.-based video app TikTok. China banned US apps in its country. US buys chinese app money money 😂

Microsoft Reportedly Considering Buying TikTok As Trump May Force U.S. SaleI am a Texas native covering breaking news out of New York City. Previously, I was a Forbes intern in London. I am an alum of City, University of London and Texas State University. This means tik tok coming back to India? Microsoft satyanadella Why would you do that? Coming from best class enterprise solutions to this cheap video App. Take your Sway app to retail consumer to counter this. Look at the trust deficit TicTok carries. I don't believe you can play around with the brand 'Microsoft' Here comes Bill Gates to rescue CCCP enterprise and its agenda......

Microsoft In Talks To Buy Teen Fave TikTok As Trump Ramps Up PressureMicrosoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the hugely popular Chinese-owned app, just as the Trump administration considers taking action against the app — including banning it. Still won't use it. i can't believe such a thing Chinese owned app is going Microsoft.

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