‘I Have That Authority’: Trump Says He Will Ban TikTok From US ‘As Soon as Saturday’

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Reports of Trump weighing a possible ban of TikTok in the United States emerged after several Republican Senators raised concerns that China might meddle with the US presidential election via TikTok – a video platform with short musical videos.

US President Donald Trump, while speaking to reporters on Air Force One, announced that TikTok will be banned from the United States.

He said he will act “as soon as Saturday” to ban the Chinese-owned video platform in the US over “security fears”.

According to print pooler David Cloud, Trump also said that he would not favor a US company buying TikTok operations. The rest of his comments were off the record.

​Earlier, Trump was reportedly mulling the possibility of “a couple of options” regarding TikTok, including a ban. He also said that alternatives to the video platform were being looked into.

Reported Talks on Microsoft Buying TikTok

Before Trump announced his intentions to ban TikTok, The New York Times reported, citing unnamed sources, that Microsoft was in negotiations to buy TikTok from Chinese company ByteDance, with TikTok considering “other scenarios to alleviate concerns by US officials”. Among them, the company was considering non-Chinese investors like Sequoia Capital, SoftBank and General Atlantic to buy the app’s majority stake from ByteDance.

Reporting on possibilities for TikTok amid US concerns, The NYT said that the Committee on Foreign Investment…

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