Trump Says He'll Ban TikTok From U.S. As Soon As Saturday

The president's announcement comes as Microsoft is in talks to acquire the app, which is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company.

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President Trump said he plans to ban TikTok from operating in the U.S. as early as Saturday. His announcement comes after reports that Microsoft was in talks to acquire the app's U.S. operations.

The president's announcement comes as Microsoft is in talks to acquire the app, which is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company.

Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionPhoto Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesTikTok has been under fire in Washington. The Trump administration and some Democrats in Congress have been raising national security concerns about the Chinese-owned app.

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Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesUpdated at 11:51 a.m. ET SaturdayPresident Trump has announced he plans to ban TikTok, the hugely popular video-sharing app, from operating in the U.S. as early as Saturday.

Trump's announcement comes after reports Friday that software giant Microsoft was in talks to acquire the app's U.S. operations. The president made it clear that he does not approve of the proposed acquisition."As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," he

from Florida. He added that he could sign an executive order to enact the ban.Following Trump's announcement, TikTok shareda messagefrom its U.S. general manager, Vanessa Pappas, in which she said,"We're not planning on going anywhere." Pappas said that TikTok was"building the safest app because we know it's the right thing to do" and that it intended to bring more jobs to the U.S.

"I want to say thank you to the millions of Americans who use TikTok every day bringing their creativity and joy into our daily lives. We've heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you," said Pappas."We're here for the long run," she added.

If Microsoft buys TikTok, it would give the lumbering tech giant ownership of one of the trendiest social media platforms, favored by the youngest digital users coveted by all of Silicon Valley. Microsoft is said to be just one of a number of interested buyers of the app.

For months, TikTok has been the go-to platform for teens and millennials to showcase and spread comedy routines, dance challenges and political activism. Since the pandemic began, TikTok's popularity has surged worldwide, logging in more than 180 million downloads in the U.S. alone, according to research firm Sensor Tower.

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TikTok has also come under increasing scrutiny in Washington because it is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company worth $100 billion.Before his announcement, Trump floated the idea of banning the app on his way to Florida."We may be banning TikTok," Trump told reporters earlier on Friday."We'll see what happens."

"TikTok US user data is stored in the US, with strict controls on employee access,"a TikTok spokesperson said, responding to Trump's announcement."We are committed to protecting our user's privacy and safety as we continue to work to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform."

The spokesperson added that the company has hired nearly 1,000 people for the U.S. team.The Trump administration and some Democrats in Congress have beenraising alarmsabout the possibility of the Chinese government compelling TikTok to turn over personal data of millions of Americans. While there is no hard evidence that such data collection is occurring, Trump officials see the threat TikTok poses as real and for weeks now have been considering ways to ban TikTok or force it to sever ties with ByteDance.

TikTok says it has never turned over any data to the Chinese Community Party, nor have Chinese officials ever asked for the data.TikTokpublicly discloseswhat it does with the data it collects on users, including what messages are exchanged, what videos are watched on the app, online browsing history and access to the contacts on a user's phone. Technology experts say that level of data collection is in line with other smartphone apps.

The person familiar with the acquisition talks pointed to the popular dating app Grindr as a possible model for TikTok.Earlier this year, U.S. officials approvedof Grindr to a group of American investors. The agreement was approved by the federal Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the same panel now examining TikTok.

In particular, the committee is now reviewing ByteDance'sof Musical.ly, a video-sharing service that became popular in the U.S. but was then relaunched as TikTok and became the first Chinese-based app to become a global hit.This deal would address the fears over Chinese ownership — worries the company has forcefully battled.

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TikTok's corporate owner is based in Beijing, but the company has long said it stores its data in Virginia. Its backup servers are in Singapore, and it says Chinese officials do not have access to them.Still, TikTok has been accused of using its algorithms to

demote topicslike Black Lives Matter and of censoring content to please the Chinese Communist Party.In a nod to the concerns from Washington, TikTok's newly minted CEO, Kevin Mayer, announced this week that the company would take anunusual step toward transparency

. It will open up its algorithms, as well as its content moderation decisions and data collection, to the public, he wrote."We will not wait for regulation to come," Mayer wrote."Experts can observe our moderation policies in real-time, as well as examine the actual code that drives our algorithms. This puts us a step ahead of the industry, and we encourage others to follow suit."

In the same announcement, Mayer announced TikTok would hire 10,000 workers in the U.S.His statement was also a response to competition from Facebook. The social media giant plans to launch a feature similar to TikTok next month. It is reportedly offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to lure TikTok stars to its service.

Mayer called Facebook's forthcoming feature a"copycat" service"disguised as patriotism and designed to put an end to our very presence in the U.S." Read more: NPR »

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This is all about stifling young people and sarahcpr. I wish I were kidding but I think he really is THAT fragile. This is so ridiculous. He’s banning Tik-Tok but not pornhub probably because he thinks it’s a great American company. How dare the president ban an app that steals your information and is owned by the same communist that brought us the Corona virus!!!

tiktok is still operating. tiktok being banned is faker than his skin tan 💀 He says a lot. And it gets reported on. Then, things actually happened, and we ignore them. Trump dropped his financial disclosure form yesterday. We experienced the biggest drop in the economy in our history. Whatevs. We welcome college students on a safe platform to break the ice!

Trump and the government misused their power to force bitly hand in selling to Microsoft Why doesnt microsoft just develop their own app that does the same thing and call it something else? Keeps China out of the equation. TrumpIsADictator All jokes aside; Because TikTok is a sight that lots of little kids/girls (my nieces) use to post videos. For a grown AZZED man, a sitting President with a questionable past to know about this venue is DISTURBING!!

Don't even have authority to do so, anyone with a VPN could get around a block. Not that I trust the app, but plenty of domestic apps spy on users also. There are 4 million 17 year olds who turn 18 before this election. He is kicking the wrong hornets nest. I support the ban!!!! Corona is a gift of Left Wing Communist ideology which uses Science to kill 700000 innocents till now & still counting . Right Wing is no match to Left Wing Communists regime which is a real killing machine .

Remember that one time a bunch of kids got together on TikTok and organized a plan to ruin a Trump Rally..... Straight up commie dictator stuff. please GOD do not let Microsoft consume another free thinking app no, it comes after we discovered TikTok was taking our data for unknown reasons and wouldn’t be transparent about it.

🇺🇸 sue anitamerican antifirstamendment TraitorTrump is anti business Thanks Trump. I don't trust them either. But hey I trust only 3 people period. Jesus Christ being one. Censorship in its most blatant form......the dude is a dumbass. But the gop worships that dumbass.....that's why America needs to completely vote out the GOP.

It’s collecting data for a foreign government. Congress has banned it. The FBI has warned us. There is proof. Were it an innocent app, this would be an authoritarian move. It’s not an innocent app. Our foreign adversaries have found us to be easy marks. They’re right. instead of 'letting the market decide' like a good capitalist, he is using his governmental power to control a business? Aren't Republicans worried about big government meddling in business? Just let MSFT buy it, that would kill the coolness factor and the kids would jump ship

Trump should be more concerned with Covid and the economy. I'm not on TikTok but those teens and young adults who can vote are mad. I bet this helps push more to register to vote. The more the merrier to vote Biden2020 PLEASE ATTENTION! There are more than 200,000 chinese sellers on Amazon who are unidentified and DO NOT pay income taxes on their Billions of Dollars earned from US consumers through Amazon. Please sign this petition and Retweet China tiktokban TikTok

Please elect this guy again, that’s good 🙃for the US in the long run! That’s good for the world actually, the world needs new leaders now. OK Tik Tok kids, you all know what to do to the POTUS! 🤣🤣 So far this week POTUS realDonaldTrump has called for a delay in democracy with the elections and now the ban on tiktok_us infringing on first right amendments. So the GOP that worry about socialism from the TheDemocrats apparently are fine with dictatorship... 🤔🤔🤔

He’s scared More shiny objects to distract the media from the real problems going on right now. And they will fall for it. God has spoke-ith. Papa_PorcOooo what are we going to do...? Our main form of communication is disappearing realDonaldTrump seriously? It's our fun & joy during this fucking pandemic! Worry about real issues!!! Back off trumpy!

Talk about WHY he wants to ban them! The data mining and spying on individuals who have the app. Wow! It's as if you are pretending that there is some type of cause and effect going on. Tell us again how President Trump colluded with the Russians? I anti-trust this acquisition. And then he went golfing.

Trump is on a slippery slope and as a dictator he will block CNN or Google News or Apple News or all! Putin started by putting some journalists in prison then shutting down newspapers. TrumpVirus realDonaldTrump banning tiktok won’t silence democracy End it. Ok, TikTok Time to GETOUTTHEVOTE and unseat this fool! RegisterToVote2020 AnyoneButTrump2020 VoteBlueNoMatterWho

Trump is throwing another shiny object out there to distract us. Hopefully, someone is looking into how much he and his co-conspirators are making off his poor response to Covid-19 through overpriced ventilators, manipulating PPE supplies, investment in hydroxychloroquine, etc. Like it You seriously think he'd have bigger fish to fry. Covid, unemployment, food lines...the list goes on.

Wow! sarahcpr has REALLY gotten under Trump’s skin! Keep up the great work! It’ll be a much better country when the mentality of the boomer generation is gone. Soon enough. Tonight, I'ma fight 'Til we see the sunlight Tik Tok on the clock But the party don't stop, no So all you young people, turn your anger into votes, use absentee Ballots & we can bring TikTok back when Trump goes, stop the oppression

Is it really about domestic or foreign companies stealing data that Susie likes Harry styles or Timmy is a big anime fan? That things kids can dance well?.....or is he just butt hurt they trolled him at him Tulsa rally? What an amazing abuse of power and worse.. censorship I don’t support the politics behind it but I support the banning of it. It encourages bad dancing... and there’s no room in the new norm for bad dancing.

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Trump is so malicious...he always needs to get revenge. Joe Biden banned his campaign from using TiK ToK, they were all told to delete the app. I just heard that the fat slob is out playing golf at one of his clubs doing NON ENDING promoting. Most presidents go away with their families and make memories to share

Pedophiles hardest hit And yet supposedly Trump & feds are the only ones that can prevent a CCP Guanghui Energy Company from apparently buying and infiltrating the Texas power grid. But a vine / snapchat clone app is more important. Anyone dealing with the Chi-Coms genuflect to their will. He also said, two weeks ago, he'd announce his healthcare plan, and 6 months ago he said everyone would be able to get a Covid test. TrumpBrokenPromises

A bunch of boomers controlling tech 🤡

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