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Trump considering 'banning' TikTok

 

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  • US President Donald Trump says he is looking at options regarding Chinese firm ByteDance's TikTok video app, including the possibility of a ban.
  • WASHINGTON, DPA - US President Donald Trump says he is considering a ban on the social media app TikTok, which is owned by a Chinese company, though he said other options remain in play.He added that the administration was also considering "a lot of alternatives".The app is owned by the Beijing-based firm ByteDance, and the announcement about the review drew strong remarks from the Chinese government, which accused Washington of discrimination.However, the disagreements have since evolved into a wider dispute including over Hong Kong and Beijing's treatment of Muslim minorities, and a crackdown on Chinese tech companies.TikTok allows users to create short videos - often with some basic effects and music - which have become increasingly popular. The company insists it does not share user data with Beijing.
  • Washington argues these firms are a national security threat, and pushes its allies to take similar measures.
  • The app is the latest wrinkle in worsening tensions between the world's two largest economies, who initially sparred over trade and maritime issues in the South China Sea.
  • This week, the Trump administration put TikTok - a popular social media app among a younger demographic that specialises in short video formats - under a formal review at the Committee on Foreign Investments in the US (CFIUS).
  • "We are looking at TikTok. We may be banning Tiktok," Trump told reporters outside the White House as he prepared to leave Washington for Florida on Friday.