Trump to force Chinese firm to divest TikTok

The US believes TikTok is another tool to be exploited by Chinese intelligence services. – AFP pic, August 1, 2020.

US President Donald Trump is preparing an order requiring the fast-growing social media app TikTok to be divested from its Chinese parent firm on national security grounds, media reports said yesterday.

The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported Trump was set to order the sale of TikTok’s US operations by China-based ByteDance amid concerns the service could be used for Chinese intelligence.

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