America’s Press secretary, Mike Pompeo in July hinted Chinese video firm TikTok may be banned in the United States. His statement generated so much controversy among Americans and Chinese. Just yesterday, President Trump hinted he’s banning the Chinese video sharing app in America.
Microsoft has developed interest in the app and wants to buy the app from ByteDance, the mother company for TikTok according to reports but that deal may never see the light as U.S security officials have raised concerns that the app could be used to collect private information from Americans.
TikTok already has over 80million subscribers in the United States alone and the ban may just be disastrous for ByteDance. The decision to ban the app comes at a point where there’s rising tensions between China and America. Trump’s administration ordered Chinese Houston Consulate to be shut down, a move China retaliated by shutting down U.S General Consulate in Chengdu.
There’re a number of issues including coronavirus spread across the world and trade conflicts as well. India has already banned TikTok after her border tensions between China.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States” Trump told news reporters