President Trump Tells Reporters He’s Going To Ban TikTok In The U.S.

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It seems like TikTok’s days are numbered in the U.S.

On Friday afternoon it was reported that Microsoft was in talks to buy the Chinese-owned social media app that has been under a microscope by the US government over concerns on how it handles user data.

While speaking to reporters on Friday night, President Trump says he preferred to ban the app outright instead of allowing it to be sold to Microsoft.

This isn’t the first time the Trump administration has flirted with banning TikTok.

Last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that the White House was looking into following in India’s footsteps and banning the app in the U.S.

LAURA INGRAHAM And finally, Mr. Secretary, the huge Chinese app TikTok has about 30 million users in the United States, but it’s been banned now by India, and Australia is considering the same action, saying that TikTok was full of mass surveillance and propaganda and also that the app had the ability to feed information straight to Beijing.

So a kind of obvious question: If all that’s the case, shouldn’t we be considering right now, tonight, a ban on Chinese social media apps, especially TikTok?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Laura, your viewers should know we’re taking this very seriously. We’re certainly looking at it. We’ve worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it was the problems of having Huawei technology in your infrastructure. We’ve gone all over the world and we’re making real progress getting that out. We declared ZTE a danger to American national security. We’ve done all of these things.

With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura. I don’t want to get out in front of the President, but it’s something we’re looking at.

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