In the recent of a slew of China-directed data policy moves, President Donald Trump has ruled out the possibility of extending the September 20 set of ByteDance’s TikTok, to sell the popular video-sharing app or have it be banned.
Trump’s comment marked just the recent example of his strongman approach to the app after announcing in July that he would ban U.S operations of TikTok. In the previous month, he stated in an executive order that there is ‘reliable evidence’ that TikTok’s parent company might take action that threatens to damage the national security of America.
In response to the ban, TikTok sued the Trump administration citing that the executive order is heavily politicized. The company said in the statement that it has no choice but to sue the Trump administration to keep U.S operations of the app going.
Meanwhile, U.S tech giants including Microsoft and oracle have emerged as a potential savior for the short video sharing platform.
The app has been witnessing tremendous popularity in the United States and other Western nations, becoming the first China-based social media platform that gained significant traction with people outside of its home nation.
Credible reports cite that the app was downloaded over 315 million times in the first three months of 2020; the highest quarterly downloads than other apps in history.
TikTok critics claim that the data of US users may end up in the hands of the government of China, though TikTok in response has stated it stores its users’ data outside China and it would resist any attempts by the Chinese government to seize the information.
The company’s spokesperson, in an interview stated that the company is committed to safeguarding its users' privacy and safety as the platform continue working to bring joy as well as meaningful careers to users who are active on TikTok