United States President, Donald J. Trump has revealed plans to ban Social Media app, TikTok in the United States through executive authority today.
The president said he would sign something as soon as Saturday, and he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters while flying home from Florida on Friday evening, July 31.”
“Well, I have that authority,” he said.
Trump called the decision “severance” and firmly rejected the reported deal involving Microsoft buying TikTok.
The app, which allows users to film and share short videos of themselves along to accompanying music, is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.
US lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, accusing the short-form video app of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China.
They also allege that the company could be compelled to “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”
According to reports, TikTok has an estimated 65 million to 80 million users in the United States, and have hired more than 1000 staff during the pandemic period alone.