President Trump apparently wants to ban the popular TikTok video app in the United States. On the President's return flight to Washington, he said, "As far as TikTok is concerned, we are banning it from the United States." This could be bad news for Microsoft as the company is in talks about purchasing the app.  The ban on an app like TikTok, with which millions of Americans communicate with each other, is a danger to freedom of expression and is technologically impractical. https://t.co/ZbN7f2TOwF[19659003lightboxes-ACLU(@ACLU) August 1, 2020
Donald Trump made some rather controversial statements during his time as President. The last includes comments to AirForce One reporters. It appears the president wants to ban Chinese ByteDance's video sharing app.
"Well, I have authority. I can do it with an executive order or something, ”he said, referring to economic emergency powers.
ABOARD AF1 – Potus says he plans to end the US social media platform Tik-Tok using the President's authority.
– Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 1, 2020
This would not be the first country to ban the app, as India already banned the app in June. The primary reason for this ban would be privacy concerns, as TikTok tracks, user location, information and user metadata, as well as Chinese law, can cause any domestic company to provide all user data. However, a TikTok spokesman said it was independent and not subject to the Chinese government's data requests. He also claimed that the platform is a job creator committed to the privacy and security of its users.
"We hired nearly 1,000 people to our US team this year alone and are proud to hire another 10,000 people in well-paid jobs in the US," said the spokesman. "Our $ 1 billion creator fund supports US creators who make a living from our platform. TikTok US user data is stored in the US, with tight control over employee access."
Microsoft should also have talks Purchase the app from ByteDance, also against Trump's wishes. If Microsoft buys the app anyway, it will be "a 100 percent American company," and according to the American Civil Liberties Union, this ban would be "a risk to freedom of expression."