Things are no longer the same for Chinese apps especially Tik-Tok ever since the India-Chinese Galwan clash. Followed by India which already banned the app, US President Donald Trump on Saturday stated that his government started working towards banning the app in the US as well.
Taking to the media Trump on Air Force One as he returned from Florida, Trump stated that he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday. The statement came days after US officials and lawmakers raised concerns over the security threats to the citizens and the Army’s data.
Further, a local media report claimed that the Trump government is persuading the Chinese parent firm ByteDance to sell the American operations to US-based company to avoid the ban. Reports have also claimed that Microsoft is in talks to acquire the famous video-sharing app.
While Microsoft or Tik-Tok refused to comment on the rumours, trusted sources from the White House confirmed that negotiations between the US government, ByteDance and potential buyers of TikTok are going on from the past few days. The talks are expected to continue in the coming days.
Earlier, TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer took to social media to express TikTok’s commitment to transparency. “We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and have no agenda. Our only objective is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform for everyone to enjoy,” he said. The company has hired a U.S. CEO, a former top Disney executive in an attempt to distance itself from its Chinese ownership.