News Home » Top Stories » Trump says he will ban TikTok

Trump says he will ban TikTok

Socialapps.Tech 14 July 31, 2020
Pompeo: US 'looking at' banning TikTok

(CNN Business)President Donald Trump said Friday night that he will ban the popular short-form video app TikTok from operating in the United States, rejecting a potential deal for Microsoft to buy the app from its Chinese-owned parent company.

"As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," Trump said to reporters while aboard Air Force One.

Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order. It was not immediately clear what such an order would look like.

"Well, I have that authority," he said.

Earlier on Friday, people working on the issue within the Trump administration expected the President to sign an order to force ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns the social media platform, to sell the US operations of TikTok, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The move was aimed at resolving policymakers' concerns that the foreign-owned TikTok may be a national security risk.

The US government is conducting a national security review of TikTok and is preparing to make a policy recommendation to Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters this week at the White House.

ByteDance has been considering changes to its corporate structure and had reportedly already been looking into the possibility of selling a majority stake in TikTok.

Microsoft (MSFT) is in talks to acquire TikTok, according to the New York Times, citing a person with knowledge of the discussions. Microsoft declined to comment to CNN Business. Trump firmly rejected the idea of a potential spin off deal satisfying national security concerns.

Critics of TikTok worry that the data it collects on its US users could end up in the hands of the Chinese government, though TikTok has said it stores its data outside of China and that it would resist any attempts by Beijing to seize the information.

Cybersecurity experts have said TikTok's potential risk to national security is largely theoretical and that there is no evidence to suggest that TikTok's user data has been compromised by Chinese intelligence.

This story and its headlining have been updated with President Trump's comments Friday night.

CNN's Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.


Around the World

2216 news found.
Grid View
List View
  • Green Bay Packers activate Tramon Williams, who could become first to play for two NFL teams in a postseason
  • She was murdered for catching an Indian priest and nun in a sex act. Three decades later, justice is served
  • Chinese-Canadian alleged drug kingpin, accused of running one of the world's biggest methamphetamine cartels, is arrested in Ams
  • Chinese-Canadian alleged drug kingpin, accused of running one of the world's biggest methamphetamine cartels, is arrested in Ams
  • Chinese-Canadian alleged drug kingpin, accused of running one of the world's biggest methamphetamine cartels, is arrested in Ams
  • Chinese-Canadian alleged drug kingpin, accused of running one of the world's biggest methamphetamine cartels, is arrested in Ams
  • Bucs-Packers, Bills-Chiefs picks, schedule, odds, injuries, predictions, more for AFC and NFC championships
  • Body cam video shows police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed man during a mental health check
  • Tse Chi Lop: Alleged Asian drug lord arrested in Amsterdam
  • In pictures: Tens of thousands gather for pro-Navalny protests
  • 33 missing children found in anti-human trafficking operation in Southern California
  • Race to vaccinate before more contagious Covid-19 strains spread - CNN Video