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Trump To Ban TikTok From Operating In The United States



United States’ President Donald Trump has revealed he plans to sign an executive order that will effectively ban popular video-sharig app, TikTok from operating in the country.

His latest outburst against a Chinese entity forms part of a grand motive to weaken the Chinese government’s growing international influence as he engages China in a bitter trade war.

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American security officials have expressed fears that the Chinese-owned app could be used to spy on its citizens and collect valuable data which it can use for cyber attacks against the country.

TikTok has vehemently denied President Trump’s assertion that it is controlled by the Chinese government. It added that its 80 million American subscribers are safe from data theft.

The American president’s plan will shatter the bid put up by Microsoft for the purchase of the adolescent-themed app whose global subscribers is pegged at 800 million.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States”.

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Since assuming the presidency in January 2017, Donald Trump has been at odds with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as he blamed China for cheating America in trade deals and stealing American intellectual properties.

He has recently blamed the Asian country for the devastating effect the coronavirus pandemic has had on the country’s population and economy.

United States accounts for a quarter of the global deaths and infections cases which stands at 683,491 and 17,786,110 respectively in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.