President Trump says he is Banning TikTok

Sunday, 02 Aug, 2020

After weeks of rumors and pressure, Trump said Friday he was preparing to bar the app from operating in the United States, perhaps by executive order on Saturday. Trump did not specify whether he will act through an executive order, or another method such as a designation, according to NBC News.

ByteDance's concession will test whether Trump's threat to ban TikTok is a negotiating tactic, or whether he is intent on cracking down on a social media app that has up to 80 million daily active users in the United States. The U.S. will not only ban hardware companies like Huawei, it will also prohibit Chinese software companies.

The company pledged a high level of transparency, including allowing reviews of its algorithms, to assure users and regulators. There are a couple of options.

TikTok has discussed other scenarios to alleviate concerns by U.S. officials.

Still others cite the popularity of TikTok comedian Sarah Cooper, whose lip syncing videos of Trump's speeches and interviews have garnered millions of views.

Sarah's latest video comes on the heels of Trump publicly saying he "has the authority" to ban the app while he was aboard Air Force One.

Sarah Cooper, a comedian who rose to fame this year lip-syncing Trump's words in TikTok videos, posted a clip Friday impersonating the president while he discussed the app. The deal could run into billions of dollars.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

He went on to tell Maajid that every year China is responsible for the theft of over $600 billion worth of technology from the USA and TikTok is an app which raises the same concerns as any other software discovered by intelligence services.

This is not the first time the U.S. government has ordered a company with a foreign-owned app to divest for reasons of national security.

TikTok's top US employee said the platform is "not planning on going anywhere" after President Donald Trump announced late Friday he plans to ban it.

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

The American Civil Liberties Union tweeted about the president's plan, saying it was "a danger to free expression". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this month that the U.S. was considering banning TikTok.

TikTok maintains it doesn't censor videos based on topics sensitive to China and that it would not give the Chinese government access to United States user data even if asked. "Of particular concern, both Zoom and TikTok have sought to hide and distract from their meaningful ties to China, holding themselves out as American companies". He said people should download the service, "if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party".