TikTok: President Trump says he will ban the social media video app in the US

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  • President Donald Trump said he will take action as soon as Saturday to ban TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned video app that has been a source of national security and censorship concerns.

    Mr Trump’s comments came after published reports that the administration is planning to order China’s ByteDance to sell TikTok. There were also reports on Friday that software giant Microsoft is in talks to buy the app.

    On Friday, as he was leaving the White House to go to Florida, Mr Trump told reporters, “We’re looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok. We may be doing some other things.”

    Later, on his return from Florida on Air Force One, Mr Trump told reporters, “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States”.

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    TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based Internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short music, lip-sync, dance, comedy and talent videos of 3 to 15 seconds, and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds.

    ByteDance first launched Douyin for the Chinese market in September 2016. Later, TikTok was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in most markets outside of mainland China; however, it only became available worldwide, including the United States, after merging with another Chinese social media service Musical.ly on 2 August 2018.

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