US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he will ban the TikTok social network in the United States, after the country’s authorities expressed concern that this platform was used by Chinese intelligence.
Speaking to reporters on the Air Force One presidential plane, Trump said: “As for TikTok, we are going to ban it in the United States.”
TikTok, a video application very popular with young people whose headquarters is ByteDance, based in China, has around a billion users worldwide.
The Wall Street Journal and the Bloomberg agency had earlier reported that Trump ordered the sale of TikTok’s US operations by ByteDance, estimating that the service could be used by Chinese intelligence.
Other reports, including one from Fox News, said Microsoft was in talks to acquire TikTok, the value of which could reach several tens of billions of dollars.
US officials and lawmakers have expressed concern in recent weeks about the possibility that TikTok may be used by China for espionage purposes, but the company has denied any ties to the Beijing government.
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