President Donald Trump is reported to be ordering TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance to sell TikTok’s US operations.
In the official response from the White House, Trump is reportedly not going to ban the viral video app but, according to Bloomberg, is demanding that his U.S. operations be removed from Chinese control. This decision was made after the app launched a heavy fire on its data collection guidelines, leading to a statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the United States would follow India’s leadership in banning the app.
Trump spoke to reporters on Friday, saying his government was still “watching TikTok.”
“We may ban TikTok, ”Trump said without preparing or confirming the reports of his pending order. “We may do some other things, there are a couple of options.”
It is unclear what regulatory instruments the Trump administration will use to try to force TikTok’s parent company to sell its U.S. side.
In a statement on digital trends, TikTok declined to comment on “rumors or speculation”.
“We are confident that TikTok will be successful in the long term,” said a TikTok spokesman. “Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok to chat and socialize, including our community of creators and artists who make a living from the platform. We are motivated by their passion and creativity and are committed to protecting their privacy and security as we continue to bring joy to families and enable significant careers to those who work on our platform. “
TikTok is owned by the parent company ByteDance, a China-based technology company that has criticized alleged ties to the Chinese government. TikTok’s detailed data collection process, although similar to other social media apps, is a security risk.
While many experts have described TikTok’s data collection as completely normal, the fear behind the process has had far-reaching effects.
Security concerns about the app led to India banning it entirely, while several companies and U.S. agencies, such as Wells Fargo and the Department of Defense, have banned their employees from using the app on work devices.