UPDATED 2:45 PM PT — Friday, July 31, 2020
President Trump has said he is planning to announce an executive order to force TikTok’s Chinese parent company to sell its U.S. operations.
While speaking to reporters outside the White House, the president confirmed his administration is “looking at TikTok” and Bytedance.
The move followed concerns the social media platform was being used by China to access Americans’ user data and censor information.
“We’re looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok, we may be doing some other things. There are a couple of options, but a lot of things are happening. So, we’ll see what happens, but we are looking at a lot of alternatives with respect to TikTok.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
President Trump: "We may be banning TikTok — we may be doing some other things." pic.twitter.com/wqG8lXLZp7
— The Hill (@thehill) July 31, 2020
Bytedance has pushed back on claims of censorship and data collection. However, since the rumors began, India has banned the app and others are expected to follow.