The TikTok application controlled by the Chinese company will be banned in the US. The relevant ordinance in this matter will be signed on Saturday, as US President Donald Trump announced.
Donald Trump, who was returning to Washington from his residence in Florida, emphasized that he could use his special powers in the field of economic security of the country and issue a decree that would block the application belonging to the Chinese group ByteDance.
"I have sufficient authority to implement this," he said.
Many cybersecurity experts believe that TikTok may be used by China for purposes contrary to US interests, including spying. The app has recently been the subject of a special investigation by the U.S. Foreign Investment Committee, CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States). It was supposed to explain whether TikTok, especially popular among young people, does not pose a threat to the security of the USA. The results of the investigation have not yet been made public.
Announcing the banning of TikTok, Donald Trump indirectly referred to media information that the US Department of Commerce intends to request the Chinese internet company ByteDance, also operating in the US, to sell its shares in the popular application that allows the publication of short films. It is estimated that TikTok is used by over 1 billion users around the world. In the United States, the number of users reaches tens of millions and is still growing.
According to the daily "Wall Street" and the Bloomberg agency, which cite anonymous sources in the trade department, the tech giant Microsoft would be interested in buying TikTok. The company founded by Bill Gates declined to comment on this matter.