President Trump says he will ban Chinese video app TikTok in the US today
President Trump has announced he is banning the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok in the US.
“We’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said.
US security officials have expressed concern that the app, which allows users to film and share short videos of themselves along to accompanying music and is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, could be used to collect the personal data of Americans.
The Trump administration, as well as lawmakers across both aisles, accused the app of being a security threat.
The Democratic National Committee warned members against using TikTok earlier this month.
China is a world leader in data collection and facial recognition software. TikTok has denied accusations that it is controlled by or shares data with the Chinese regime.
TikTok has an estimated 65 million to 80 million users in the United States.
The move to ban TikTok comes at a time of heightened tensions between the Trump administration and the Chinese regime over a number of issues, including trade disputes and Beijing’s cover-up of the coronavirus outbreak.