Amid a growing confrontation with China, President Donald Trump takes a vow to ban Chinese video-sharing app from being operated in the US via executive order or emergency economic powers. Bloomberg tweeted that Mr Trump is ready to sign a document for immediate action.
“As far as Tik-Tok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Mr Trump reported while aboarding Air force one on Friday night.
What is this video sharing app Tik-Tok?
Tik-Tok is a platform that provides every individual to express themselves by using the app for making a 15-second video involving lip-synchronization, comedy routines, dance videos and unusual editing tricks.
The app has gained popularity in recent years with teenagers mostly using it. The videos are available to both followers as well as strangers. But also has a private option along, to restrict unknown followers from exploring their content.
It has over 800 million active monthly users which mostly belong to America and India. Since recently India banned Tik-Tok the number of users has abruptly fallen down with about 80 million active monthly users still from America.
Why is Mr. Trump concerned about banning Tik-Tok?
Tik-Tok is a Chinese app owned by a Chinese firm ByteDance. There have been recent allegations that there might be a chance of passing personal data from the app to the Chinese Government.
Since India banned Tik-Tok over a border skirmish with China. Mr Trump has been keeping a keen eye over the Chinese whereabouts henceforth.
“We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and have no agenda – our only objective is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform for everyone to enjoy,” said the CEO of Tik-Tok – Mr Kevin Mayer.
Microsoft has been in talks with the firm ByteDance to buy the app but Mr Trump doesn’t seem to agree with the idea.
American law does not have any precedent for banning any software through network blocks. Hence, it seems unlikely that there will be any immediate block to Tik-Tok with network block.
Written by Ompriya Sahoo
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