President Donald Trump said that he plans to sign documents to ban Chinese-based app TikTok from the country while Microsoft mulls purchase…
TikTok might soon be banned in the United States. This, according to President Trump, who told reporters aboard Air Force One he intended to sign an order doing so today. This isn’t exactly out-of-the-blue as US officials have publicly stated they’ve been considering banning the Chinese-based app for some time now.
US President Donald Trump Says He’ll Sign TikTok Ban Order
Just over a week ago, the House of Representatives passed a bill calling for the prohibition of the short-form video app, 336 to 71, resulting in an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will ban TikTok from all federal devices. This, due to compelling evidence data is being passed to the Chinese communist government through TikTok.
Plus, the United States Senate is also working on its own version. That bill is expected to pass the upper chamber. Then, the two versions would go into the reconciliation process.
TikTok maintains that it does not share data from its mobile apps with the Chinese communist government. However, India recently banned TikTok — as well as nearly sixty other apps — over its disputes with China, also citing security concerns.
Another twist is that Microsoft is apparently interested in acquiring the app. If it does, that would put it squarely in the hands of a US based company.