In case you haven’t already heard, Donald Trump said he may ban TikTok from operating in the United States amid national security concerns about American users’ personal data. “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to The Hill. “I have that authority….
Early Saturday morning, August 1, TikTok’s U. S. general manager, Vanessa Pappas, shared a statement saying the platform isn’t planning on “going anywhere. “When it comes to safety and security, we’re building the safest app because we know it’s the right thing to do,” she said in the video posted to all of TikTok’s social media accounts. “We’re here for the long run.
Many social media users believe he’s using the TikTok ban to silence Sarah Cooper, the prolific comedian who rose to fame throughout quarantine by mocking Trump with his own words.
The president went on to say he could invoke the Emergency Economic Powers Act or an executive order as early as this weekend to officially ban TikTok, making it clear he does not support a potential deal for Microsoft to acquire the app from its Chinese-owned parent company ByteDance.
Over on TikTok, users shared videos reacting to Trump’s potential ban as well with some posting ways for Americans to sneakily override the app’s location option.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the government is “looking at” banning TikTok in the U. S. after the New York Times reported that India banned the app over privacy concerns earlier this summer.
People have a lot of feelings about Donald Trump's potential TikTok ban. https://t.co/HXuzMXlhgg— Glamour (@glamourmag) August 29, 2020
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