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Politics TikTok responds to Trump: Millions in US using app for 'connection' amid pandemic

18:15  01 august  2020
18:15  01 august  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump

  Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Microsoft said Sunday it is moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after speaking with President Trump, who has threatened to ban the popular video app in the U.S. "Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President's concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury," Microsoft said in a"Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President's concerns.

Along with praising the “ millions of Americans who use TikTok everyday,” U . S . General Manager Vanessa Pappas highlighted the “10,000 jobs” the The president clarified he was planning on banning the platform through an executive order or by using his emergency economic powers, though

The video app is used by millions in the country. " We 're banning them from the United States ," Trump said. The app , which allows users to film and share short videos of themselves along to accompanying music, is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance.

TikTok fired back at President Trump after he announced he will soon ban the Chinese-owned video app from operating in the United States.

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In a statement, a TikTok spokesperson said the platform has provided millions of Americans with "entertainment and connection" during the coronavirus pandemic and denied criticism that its Chinese owner shares user information with Beijing.

Navarro: 'Don't fall for' message from TikTok lobbyists, 'puppet CEO'

  Navarro: 'Don't fall for' message from TikTok lobbyists, 'puppet CEO' White House trade adviser Peter Navarro late Saturday defended President Trump's position on banning TikTok from the United States, calling the Chinese-owned video app a "national security threat" and arguing that Americans should not "fall for" the company's efforts to bolster its public image. "Here's what I would ask the American people. If they're using TikTok and they hear the president is going to basically ban that, get on the Trump train with that, because that app you're using, fun as it may be, is dangerous," Navarro, an outspoken China critic, said on Fox News's "Justice with Judge Jeanine.

“As far as TikTok is concerned we ’re banning them from the United States ,” Trump told reporters traveling with him from Tampa aboard Air Force One. The president said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to ban TikTok in the United States .

The Trump administration used a similar tactic last year when it forced the Chinese owner of Grindr to sell the dating app to a U . S buyer. TikTok has maintained that the app operates independently from its Chinese parent company, and that it wouldn’t cooperate with requests to hand over user data.

"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 rebuke came after Trump warned on Friday evening that he could use emergency powers or an executive order as soon as this weekend to bar the platform from operating in the U.S.

"As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Friday.

Facebook launches TikTok rival Reels for Instagram

  Facebook launches TikTok rival Reels for Instagram The app works almost identically to TikTok and comes as the Trump administration moves to ban TikTok in the U.S.The announcement came via Facebook and Instagram blog posts, revealing that the app will be introduced globally on Monday. The app should appear in the App Store and the Google Play Store for you to download.

The Trump administration's choice of an app that teenagers use to share comedy skits and dance Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok for entertainment and connection , including our Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment. There's also a question about Trump 's ability to

We may be banning TikTok ,” Trump said, speaking to reporters Friday. A deal by Microsoft for TikTok ’s U . S . operations would “resolve the security issues with this app ” and also give the software giant an immediate inroad into social media, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives wrote.

The American Civil Liberties Union also panned Trump's announcement, saying banning TikTok would be "a danger to free expression and technologically impractical."

Though TikTok has become popular with millions of young people worldwide, bipartisan lawmakers in Washington have expressed concerns that the platform's owner, the Beijing-based company ByteDance, could provide the Chinese government with user data, concerns they say are even more grave given China's efforts to meddle in the 2020 election.

Trump on Friday also came out against reports that Microsoft was in talks to purchase TikTok from ByteDance, saying he didn't support the deal, according to NBC News. Multiple media outlets reported Friday that the president was considering signing an executive order requiring ByteDance to divest the U.S. portion of TikTok.

Trump's Friday announcement appeared to be weeks in the making, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying earlier in July that the administration was considering banning Chinese apps over national security concerns.

Brett Samuels contributed to this report.

Trump backs potential Microsoft, TikTok deal, sets September deadline .
President Trump said Monday that social media platform TikTok must end its U.S. operations on Sept. 15 if a pending deal with Microsoft to buy the company from Chinese group ByteDance does not go through."We set a date - I set a date of around Sept. 15, at which point it's going to be out of business in the United States," Trump told reporters. "But if somebody, and whether it's Microsoft or somebody else, buys it, that will be interesting.""We set a date - I set a date of around Sept. 15, at which point it's going to be out of business in the United States," Trump told reporters. "But if somebody, and whether it's Microsoft or somebody else, buys it, that will be interesting.

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