Saturday, August 1,2020
TikTok app will be banned through executive authority today, President Donald Trump reveals.
This was revealed by Donald Trump while flying home from Florida on Friday evening, July 31.
Trump told newsmen that “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,”.
The president said he would sign something as soon as Saturday, and he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order.
“Well, I have that authority,” he said.
Calling the decision “severance”, Trump firmly rejected the reported deal involving Microsoft buying TikTok.
The app, which allows users to film and share short videos of themselves along to accompanying music, is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.
Recall that US lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data.
They accused the short-form video app of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China.
They also alleged that the company could be compelled to “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”
Reacting to the impending move, a TikTok spokesperson told ABC News: “These are the facts: 100 million Americans come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, especially during the pandemic.