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Donald Trump Bans TikTok From United States Leaving Teens Lost

Donald Trump Bans TikTok From United States Leaving Teens Lost”

"As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States", Trump said.

Multiples reports around the popular social media app emerged earlier with reports that tech giant Microsoft is in talks to acquire it.

Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing anonymous sources, that the Trump administration could soon announce a decision ordering ByteDance to divest its ownership in TikTok.

The Trump administration has stepped in before to block or dissolve deals on national-security concerns, including stopping Singapore's Broadcom from its $117 billion bid for US chipmaker Qualcomm in 2018 in an effort to help retain USA leadership in the telecom space. "I can do it with an executive order or that", he said referring to emergency economic powers. However, it was unclear how such a move may be enforced. The application allows users to share short video clips, often accompanied with music.

TikTok on Friday issued a statement on the developments, saying, "While we do not comment on rumors or speculation, we are confident in the long-term success of TikTok".

A TikTok spokesperson said that its largest investors come from the US and the platform is a job creator committed to the privacy and safety of its 100 million American users.

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Trump made clear he was not in favor of a deal to let a USA company buy TikTok's American operations.

Cybersecurity experts have said TikTok's potential risk to national security is largely theoretical and that there is no evidence to suggest that TikTok's user data has been compromised by Chinese intelligence.

"It looks like ByteDance may be getting squeezed by Beijing, so making them divest makes sense", Lewis said. "They could start censoring stuff". India banned the app in late June.

ByteDance launched the Tik Tok app back in 2017, before purchasing musica.ly, a video service that is popular among teenagers in Europe and the U.S.

TikTok has repeatedly claimed that it is independent, not subject to Chinese government data requests or under Chinese influence, but on Wednesday a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Wenbin, suggested China views TikTok as a domestic company.

A purchase of TikTok would represent a huge coup for Microsoft, which would gain a popular consumer app that has won over young people with a steady diet of dance videos, lip-syncing clips and viral memes.



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