U.S. Treasury chief says TikTok cannot continue in present form

U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott

August 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that Chinese-owned short video app TikTok cannot continue in its present form collecting data on Americans on a large scale and the Treasury has the tools it needs to remedy the situation.

Mnuchin, speaking to CNBC television, said President Donald Trump “has made perfectly clear, it’s not going to continue with this in this form.” Mnuchin declined to comment on Microsoft’s negotiations to purchase TikTok.

(Reporting by David Lawder, Editing by Franklin Paul)