“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” said Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is going to ban TikTok from the United States, a growing social media application because the US authorities have expressed concerns that the service could provide resources to Chinese intelligence.
American officials and lawmakers have expressed in recent weeks their concerns that Beijing will be using a massively popular video-platform for malicious purposes. But it has denied any links to the Chinese Government.
According to the Press reported earlier Friday that Trump would allow the US to withdraw its Chinese parent company ByteDance from the device service, but the President announced a ban.
This week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the white house that the US government is undertaking a national security analysis of TikTok, and is preparing for making a policy recommendation to Trump.
According to the New York Times, Microsoft (MSFT) is in talks to acquire TikTok, citing a person knowledgeable. Microsoft declined CNN ‘s Business remarks. The idea of a possible spin-off deal meeting public safety issues was firmly opposed by Trump.
In the US and other Western countries, the app has exploded and became the first Chinese social media site to become very popular with users outside its country. According to Sensor Tower, it was downloaded 315 million times in the first three months of this year.