President Trump says he will ban TikTok in the United States today
President Trump has told reporters that he plans to ban TikTok from operating in the United States. “As for TikTok, we ban them from the United States,” Trump told reporters in Tbilisi on Friday night. Bloomberg Reports: Trump has indicated that he is ready to sign the document to enforce the ban, both today and by executive order or through the economic powers of the state of emergency.
“I will sign the document tomorrow,” Trump said Friday night, noting that the ban could take effect “substantially immediately.”
The threat of a TikTok ban has been extended since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility on July 7, saying it was “something we are looking at.” TikTok is a subsidiary of Beijing-based ByteDance, critics have called its privacy practices, and possible links to the Chinese government. Pompeo compared TikTok to Huawei և ZTE, two Chinese companies that have been identified as a threat to US national security.
Reports on Friday suggest that the Trump administration could potentially force the Chinese owner of TikTok to divert it. The move sparked rumors that Microsoft could acquire TikTok’s U.S. operations, a move that Trump seemed to underestimate on Friday. «[It’s] not the deal you heard they were going to buy, sell, և this և that. And Microsoft մեկը մեկը’s one. “We are not an M&A company,” Trump said.
It is not yet clear how the Trump administration will force the ban on TikTok in the United States. There are various methods, but a network block such as the Great Firewall of China would be unprecedented in the United States. US law has no precedent for blocking such software, so it is unlikely that the White House will be able to block TikTok immediately with a network block.
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