President Donald Trump has announced he is banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok in the US. He told reporters he could sign an executive order as early as Saturday.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.
A TikTok spokesperson declined to comment on Mr Trump’s mooted ban, but told US media outlets the company was “Confident in the long-term success of TikTok” in the US. The move to ban TikTok comes at a time of heightened tensions between the Trump administration and the Chinese government over a number of issues, including trade disputes and Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
US officials and politicians have raised concerns data collected by ByteDance via TikTok may end up being passed to the Chinese government.
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