US President Donald Trump announced on the night from Friday to Saturday to ban the video app TikTok in the US, reports CNN.
Trump is said to have told journalists on board the Air Force One presidential plane that he was going to ban it on Saturday.
“As for TikTok, there will be a ban in the US. The ban will apply almost immediately. I’m going to sign the documents tomorrow,” he says. Trump says the ban is legal through a presidential decree or as an emergency economic measure.
On Friday, Trump said he would also consider other options. “We’re looking at TikTok, maybe we’re going to ban TikTok. But there’s a lot going on right now, so we’ll see what happens. We’re looking at several alternatives to the app,” Trump said.
TikTok has been under attack in the US for a long time. Mike Pompeo, United States Secretary of State, announced last month that he was 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.
Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, announced last month that he will investigate TikTok’s security risks. Among other The New York Times reported Friday that Microsoft is negotiating with Bytedance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, to acquire the company. Trump, however, rejects that idea.