Trump says he may ban TikTok in the US!!

President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration has plans to suspend the Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok from function in the United States. This comes after officials across the country accuse the parent company of the video-sharing app that it leaks personal information to the Chinese government and can be a threat to national security. It is also important to note that, world's largest democracy - India has banned a total of 59 Chinese apps following the face-off with the Chinese army in Galwan valley. The official ban of TikTok from the Indian government has created a lot of buzz in many countries, including the United States. Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, also welcomed India's decision to ban the Chinese apps.

Before boarding the Air Force One from Tampa, Trump said - "As far as TikTok is concerned, we are banning them from the United States," to the reporters who are traveling with him. He said that the administration is working on it and could take action against TikTok as early as Saturday. The whole TikTok issue started when its parent company ByteDance, one of the tech giants in China, came under the scanner of the lawmakers and government officials from both the parties over the worries that it would give away American users' information to the Chinese government. However, TikTok tried to defend itself, saying it has not provided any personal information to Beijing so far, and it would not do so in the future. But as per the Chinese government laws, any company from China should act by the policies and are liable to provide the data as and when requested by the government.

In his reply to the reporters, President Trump suggested that he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to suspend TikTok in the US. "Well, as a President, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order." Following the media reports that Microsoft is in talks to purchase TikTok's operations in the United States, Trump made it clear that he doesn't want a US company to do that. Earlier to Trump's comments, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed that TikTok is under review by the inter-agency body, responsible for evaluating whether the app will cause any security risks.

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