Trump considers ‘banning’ TikTok app in US


Washington, August 1

Technology big Microsoft is upfront talks to amass TikTok’s US operations, in keeping with a media report Friday, at the same time as President Donald Trump stated his administration is contemplating to ban the favored Chinese-owned video app.

“We’re looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok,” Trump informed reporters on the White House. India has banned as many as 106 Chinese apps, together with TikTok, a transfer welcomed by each the administration and the lawmakers.”

“We may be doing some other things. There are a couple of options. But a lot of things are happening, so we’ll see what happens. But we are looking at a lot alternatives with respect to TikTok,” Trump stated in response to a query.

The Wall Street Journal Friday evening reported that Microsoft, headed by Indian-American Satya Nadella, is in superior talks to amass the US operations of TikTok. The deal may run into billions of {dollars}.

“A deal could be completed by Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, and the talks involve representatives from Microsoft, Bytedance and the White House. Talks are fluid, and a deal may not come together,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

China-based Bytedance is the dad or mum firm of TikTok.

In current weeks, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused TikTok of accumulating private data of Americans. “India has banned 106 Chinese apps, including TikTok, that threatened its citizens’ privacy and security,” he informed members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday.

Media stories additionally stated the Trump administration will quickly order ByteDance to divest of its possession of TikTok’s US operations.

“In its current form, TikTok represents a potential threat to personal privacy and our national security. I applaud the Trump Administration for taking this critical step, but we must do more than simply remove ByteDance from the equation,” Senator Marco Rubio stated.

“Moving forward, we must establish a framework of standards that must be met before a high-risk, foreign-based app is allowed to operate on American telecommunications networks and devices,” Rubio stated, including he’s getting ready laws to just do that.

Meanwhile, Senators Josh Hawley and Richard Blumenthal despatched a letter to Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers calling for the Department of Justice to open an investigation into Zoom and TikTok for reported violations of Americans’ civil liberties and of their shut ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

“Based on numerous reports, we are extremely concerned that Zoom and TikTok have disclosed private information about Americans to the PRC and engaged in censorship on behalf of the Chinese government,” the Senators stated.

“As tens of millions of Americans turn to Zoom and TikTok during the COVID-19 pandemic, few know that the privacy of their data and their freedom of expression is under threat due to the relationship of these companies to the Chinese government,” they wrote.

“Of particular concern, both Zoom and TikTok have sought to conceal and distract from their meaningful ties to China, holding themselves out as American companies. This concealment is alarming – Chinese tech firms are notoriously bound to draconian intelligence laws, media regulations, and extrajudicial pressure that compels them to censor and spy for China’s state security services,” the Senators stated. PTI



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