Birmingham news Donald Trump says he will ban TikTok video app in USA - here's why MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The US President told reporters he had authority to sign an order banning the Chinese-owned TikTok app from the USA
Breaking News ! US President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns. He told reporters on Air Force One as he returned from Florida: "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States. The number of American users is estimated to be 80 million a month, according to analysts. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Kellogg Arena, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Battle Creek, Mich The president said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action, insisting, "I have that authority" before adding: "It's going to be signed tomorrow." Reports by Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal citing anonymous sources said the administration could soon announce a decision ordering ByteDance to divest its ownership in TikTok. The move comes after Joe Biden's presidential campaign banned staff from using the Chinese video sharing app, citing security and privacy concerns. In a memo, Biden's general counsel Dana Remus ordered employees to delete TikTok from their personal and work phones, and to 'refrain from downloading and using TikTok,' Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now There have been reports of US tech giants and financial firms being interested in buying or investing in TikTok as the Trump administration sets its sights on the app. The New York Times and Fox Business, citing an unidentified source, reported Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok. Microsoft declined to comment. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now TikTok issued a statement Friday saying that, "While we do not comment on rumors or speculation, we are confident in the long-term success of TikTok.
.ly, a video service popular with teens in the US and Europe, and combined the two. A twin service, Douyin, is available for Chinese users. TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said the attacks were "disguised as patriotism and designed to put an end to our very presence in the US." He said: "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 has become the latest target, but we are not the enemy."
TikTok's fun, goofy videos and ease of use has made it immensely popular, and US tech giants like Facebook and Snapchat see it as a competitive threat. But its Chinese ownership has raised concerns about the censorship of videos, including those critical of the Chinese government, and the potential for sharing user data with Chinese officials. Users of the service post videos of themselves, with some of the clips watched more than 10 million times. Each TikTok video is usually 15 to 60 seconds long. Most are set to music, often showing the user dancing, doing a trick, or lip-syncing.
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