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On Friday, President Donald J. Trump expressed a desire to ban a wildly popular app called TikTok from the United States. “As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said of the video-sharing mobile app, adding that he has the authority to do it by executive order as soon as Saturday. The announcement comes after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in early July that the U.S. was considering banning some Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, citing national security concerns. Pompeo said the administration is evaluating TikTok as they did Chinese state-backed tech companies Huawei and ZTE, which he has called “Trojan horses for Chinese intelligence.”

It was also reported Friday that Microsoft was in talks to buy the TikTok from Chinese owner ByteDance, according to a report by CNBC citing “one person close to the situation” who “characterized the talks as having been underway for some time, rather than being brand new.” Trump reportedly downplayed the idea, saying it’s “not the deal that you have been hearing about,” according to Bloomberg.

Speaking to NBC News, a TikTok spokesperson said the app has helped to create jobs in the U.S., saying, “We’ve hired nearly 1,000 people to our US team this year alone, and are proud to be hiring another 10,000 employees into great paying jobs across the US.”

The statement also said the company values privacy: “TikTok US user data is stored in the US, with strict controls on employee access. TikTok’s biggest investors come from the US. We are committed to protecting our users’ privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform.”



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  1. My friennds granddaughter was on tik toc and she wss approched by a sexual predator. She is 9. Id be afraid to have my kidd on it.

  2. I’ve never personally used the app but have 2 granddaughters & a grand niece who do. I warned them to stop using the app when I found out it was owned by the Communist Chinese. They didn’t listen because 17 year old girls feel invincible.

  3. Tic tok has become a predatory haven. I don’t like it although my great granddaughter likes it. I feel it needs to disappear. It’s become by far a menace to children.

  4. Too much chinese entanglement. Get rid of it. Predators on children is bad enough. Deny an app that aids the wolves!

  5. Anything that threatens our country’s security or our children’s security, should be considered a threat to everyone. Do what has to be done, to get us as far away from these predators, as fast as you can. They have proven time and time again, they have nothing but hatred for the USA and other countries.

  6. The comment about creating more jobs is just a ploy to get Trump to stop the ban. Tic Toc is a dangerous tool that the Communists Chinese will and are using to infiltrate the US and the younger generation is so naive and think that TicToc is just an amusement. It’s not… it’s just like all the social media being used to manipulate and confuse the users to think the way the way the owners want for political gain

  7. I don’t believe anything that can manipulate and confuse users, that is owned by China should be used here in the US. Just look at the atrocities used against their own people.


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