TikTok Responds After President Trump Threatens to Ban the App in the U.S.

On Friday, President Trump threatened to ban the Chinese-owned video app TikTok in the United States over national security and censorship concerns.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said while on board Air Force One, according to USA Today.

Trump said he would use an executive order as soon as Saturday.

“I have that authority,” he continued. "It’s going to be signed tomorrow.”

On Saturday, TikTok’s U.S. General Manager released a video seemingly responding to Trump’s threats, without actually referring to him.

“We’re not planning on going anywhere,” Vanessa Pappas said in the clip.

"I'm also proud of our 1,500 U.S. employees who work on this app every day and the additional 10,000 jobs that we're bringing into this country over the next three years," added Pappas.

She then touched on the issue of the app’s security concerns.

“When it comes to safety and security, we’re building the safest app because we know it’s the right thing to do,” Pappas said. “We’re here for the long run and continue to share your voice here and let’s stand for TikTok.”

A company spokesperson also issued a statement.

“TikTok US user data is stored in the US, with strict controls on employee access. TikTok's biggest investors come from the US. We are committed to protecting our users' privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform,” the spokesperson said.

The statement comes after reports claimed Microsoft was in talks to buy TikTok from its owner, ByteDance, according to the New York Times.

While Reuters claims ByteDance has agreed to sell its U.S. operations in order to prevent Trump from banning it.

The American Civil Liberties Union has also come out against Trump’s threats calling the ban “ a danger of free expression and technologiacally impractical.”

Despite its popularity with millions of young Americans, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have issued concerns that the app could possibly share user data with the Chinese government.

As of Saturday morning, Trump had yet to formally sign an order to ban TikTok.

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