Social media sites are wildly popular in America. And many of these sites don’t come without controversy. Facebook, obviously, played a part in the 2016 election and is still not doing enough to fight outside meddling. Studies show htat people who get most of their news from Twitter can be prone to fits of anxiety.Both of those sites, however, are based in the U.S.. Tik Tok is based in China. A number of politicians worry the Chinese government could be using the service to harvest information about American citizens. On Friday night, Donald Trump said that he will soon ban Tik Tok in America.
The President told reporters yesterday, “As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States.” Trump continued, “Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that,” [he said referring to emergency economic powers.]
Trump said he would take action against TikTok as soon as tomorrow and firmly rejected the reported spinoff deal involving Microsoft buying TikTok.
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) August 1, 2020
The social media site is very popular with teens and young people. Tik Tok mostly commonly features short videos of practical jokes or dance competitions.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted at a Tik Tok ban during an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s show earlier in July. He said people should download the service, “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Pompeo continued, “with respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too. I don’t want to get out in front of the president, but it’s something we’re looking at.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.