President Donald Trump announced Friday he will ban China-owned social media platform TikTok from operating in the United States.
The president reacted to news that tech giant Microsoft is in negotiations with Beijing-based company ByteDance to acquire TikTok.
The media reported that Trump was considering signing an executive order requiring ByteDance to divest the U.S. portion of TikTok due to security concerns.
The president is concerned that the company may be giving sensitive U.S. data collected through the app to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
While on Air Force One, Trump told the press: “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”
The president said he could use emergency economic powers or issue an executive order to officially bar the Chinese-owned company from the U.S.
Trump clearly did not support the idea of having an American company buy TikTok.
TikTok is a popular social media app with hundreds of millions of users worldwide. Its videos often go viral and trend across other social media platforms.
Earlier, Congress approved legislation to ban TikTok on federal devices. The Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) likewise launched an investigation into ByteDance last year.