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The President of the United States Donald Trump has announced he will be banning TikTok in the US.
The president told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday “as far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.” He also said, “I will sign the document tomorrow,” suggesting that the ban will be effective immediately.
TikTok is a video-sharing app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, with over 80 million active monthly users in America. The fast-growing app holds content creators that share 15-second videos that usually involve lip-synching to songs, comedy sketches, and other different content for the public.
US security officials have raised flags that the app could be collecting the personal data of Americans for the Chinese government.
Although TikTok denied accusations that it shares data with the Chinese government the president seems set to get the app banned.
Microsoft has reportedly been in the talks to acquire TikTok, but Trump called the decision “severance” and rejected the idea of a potential spin-off deal.
The United States isn’t the only country that made a decision to ban TikTok. Last June India banned the app which had over 200 million users.