US President Donald Trump announced on the night from Friday to Saturday that he will ban the video app TikTok in the United States, reports CNN. Trump has told journalists on board the Presidential Air Force One plane that he will have the ban come into effect on Saturday.
“As for TikTok, there will be a ban in the US. It will apply practically right away. I’m going to sign the documents tomorrow,” said Trump. According to him, this can be done through a presidential decree or an economic emergency measure: “I have that power.”
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. There is no evidence that TikTok passes data to China.
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 a takeover of the company with ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company. Trump, however, rejects that idea.
“While we do not comment on rumors or speculation, we have confidence in TikTok’s long-term success,” TikTok said in a statement.