US President Donald Trump signed a decree on Friday banning the popular video app TikTok in the United States within 45 days. Because TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is a Chinese company, Trump fears the app will share information from US users with China.
The decree bans US transactions with ByteDance for 45 days. This means that the video app can no longer be offered in the American app stores of Google and Apple.
Trump announced last week that he was going to ban TikTok. “As for TikTok: there will be a ban on that in the US. It will apply almost immediately,” Trump told journalists at the time.
TikTok has been under attack in the US for a long time. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, announced last month that he is considering a ban because he says the app shares information with the Chinese government.
Pompeo fears that the Chinese government will spy on American citizens in this way and store their private data. There is no evidence that TikTok is forwarding data to China.
80 million active users per month
TikTok is very popular in the United States. According to news agency Reuters, the video app has about 80 million monthly active users. Last week, TikTok announced it was setting up a $ 200 million fund to pay US creators for content on the platform.
Microsoft has shown interest in TikTok, which allows the tech giant to get its hands on a potential competitor to Instagram (part of Facebook) and Snapchat.