Trump says the US will ban fast-growing Tiktok app

Trump says the US will ban fast-growing Tiktok app

President Donald Trump said Friday he will bar fast-growing social media app TikTok from the United States as American authorities have raised concerns the service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence.

US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform

being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, but the company has denied any links to the Chinese government.

Media reports circulated earlier Friday saying that Trump would require the US operations

of the app be dismantled from its Chinese parent firm ByteDance, but the president announced a ban.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said:

“As far as TikTok concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”

He added he would take action as soon as Saturday using emergency economic power or executive order.

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Trump’s move comes following a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS)

in the United States, which investigates deals affecting US national security.

TikTok, especially popular with young audiences who create

and watch its short-form videos, has about billion users worldwide.

Queried by AFP, TikTok declined to comment on the reports of the forced sales,

saying only: “We are confident in the long-term success of TikTok.

“Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok for entertainment and connection,

including our community of creators and artists who are building livelihoods from the platform.”

The firm this week pledged a high level of transparency, including allowing reviews of its algorithms, to assure users and regulators.

“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,”

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said in a post this week.

“TikTok has become the latest target, but we are not the enemy.”

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