Trump Tells Reporters He Plans to Ban TikTok in the U.S. as Soon as Today

By Alyse Stanley on at

U.S. President Donald Trump said he plans to sign an executive order banning TikTok in the country as soon as Saturday, according to several reporters he spoke with aboard the presidential transport Air Force One on Friday evening.

The popular music and dance app is one of many owned by Chinese companies that the Trump regime believes is funnelling user data to the Chinese government, an allegation that has not been substantiated. Trump’s been threatening to ban TikTok for weeks now, but it’s anybody’s guess whether he decides to actually go through with it. That man says a lot of things... and some of his promises don’t last longer than the average TikTok.

Earlier on Friday, the New York Times reported that Microsoft is in talks to buy the app, purportedly valued at $100 billion (£76.4 billion), as federal scrutiny increases. A TikTok spokesperson told Gizmodo at the time that they “do not comment on rumours or speculation”, but are “confident in the long-term success of TikTok”.

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