President Trump Will Consider Banning TikTok Following Hearing
President Donald Trump appears to be on board with banning TikTok.
Just before today’s (July 29) congressional hearing with some of the top tech CEOs in the country took place, President Trump said that he is considering banning TikTok in the United States. The hearing is scheduled to take place sometime this afternoon.
In a video released by ABC New’s official Twitter account on Wednesday, Trump mentions how he plans to further his investigations into big tech companies, such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google. Thus, announcing that they are in the deciding stages of officially prohibiting use of TikTok for U.S. citizens.
“We’re looking at TikTok, we’re thinking about making a decision,” Trump said in a tweet.
This is not the first time government members have spoken about removing TikTok from American app stores. Back in early July, the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo confirmed the United States has begun considering banning Chinese social media apps including TikTok, due to alleged national security and safety concerns.
“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too,” Pompeo explained on Monday (July 7) during an interview on Fox News‘ The Ingraham Angle. “I don’t want to get out in front of the president, but it’s something we’re looking at.”
Tiktok, which is accused of placing private information into the hands of the Chinese government after the country passed a controversial law which allows the country’s capital to “investigate, prosecute and punish suspected criminals in Hong Kong.” Tiktok has denied all claims of giving out information.
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