Seems like the viral short video making app Tik-Tok to be banned in trouble as US President Donal Trump on 31st July President Donald Trump told reporters he will act soon to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States, NBC News reported.
Trump’s comments come as it was reported Friday that Microsoft has held talks to buy the TikTok video-sharing mobile app from Chinese owner ByteDance.
Trump made the comments while chatting with reporters on Air Force One during the flight back to Washington from Florida.
“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said, calling the action a “severance.”
And now as per the reports says,US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order effectively banning the app in the US. This development comes soon after Trump stated that he was going to sign an executive order as early as Saturday.
The ban will come into effect in 45 days, quotes a PTI report. The report stated, “In a communique to the Congress, Trump said the spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by the companies in China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the country.”
Several US security officials as well as many US residents have raised questions and concerns about app security. Owned by ByteDance, officials have warned that the app could be collecting personal data of American citizens and could be selling it to China.
Though TikTok has denied all these accusations of it being controlled or sharing data with the Chinese government. The app has reportedly 80 million active monthly users in America and that the ban will be a major setback to ByteDance’s operations in the US market.
Trump was quoted in the PTI report stating, “To deal with this threat, the order prohibits, beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law, any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. (a.k.a. Zijie Tiaodong), Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, in which any such company has any interest, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary),” Trump said.”
Tik-Tok was first banned by Indian Govt. Soon 59 chinese apps met the same fate. So now getting banned in America can be a major set-back for ByteDance Ltd and China.