United States President, Donald Trump, has announced plans to ban Chinese-owned app TikTok from the United States through executive authority.
President Trump, while flying home from Florida on Friday evening, disclosed that he could sign an executive order as early as Saturday, August 1.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.
The intelligence community had warned that the app, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, could be used to collect the personal data of Americans.
US lawmakers have also raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, accusing the short-form video app of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China. They also alleged that the company could be compelled to “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”
The move will further heighten tensions between the U.S. and China. TikTok has around 800 million active monthly users, most of whom are in the US and India. India had blocked TikTok as well as other Chinese apps.