Chinese-owned TikTok app will soon be unavailable in the United States as President Donald Trump said that he will ban the social media app.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States’ says President Trump who will utilize emergency economic powers or executive order to ban the app as soon as possible.
Trump also made clear that he didn’t show support to an American company “in talks” with buying the platform which was earlier reported. There are also reports that the US President ordered the Chinese parent company of Tiktok, ByteDance, to surrender their ownership of the social media app.
“Not the deal that you have been hearing about, that they are going to buy and sell… and Microsoft and another one. We are not an M&A (mergers and acquisitions) country,’ says Trump.
With TikTok’s 800 million users worldwide, US officials have raised the concern that this social media app could be used by the Chinese government to spy on its users from different parts of the world. The number of Americans using the app is estimated to be at 80 million and the number continuously grows.
Meanwhile, ByteDance strongly denies these allegations. TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer claims that these attacks are merely ‘disguised as patriotism and designed to put an end to our very presence in the US.”
“We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and have no agenda — our only objective is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform for everyone to enjoy,’ says Mayer.
“TikTok has become the latest target, but we are not the enemy.’