Trump says will bar TikTok from US

President Donald Trump’s announcement to ban TikTok from the US differs from earlier reports requiring the US operations of the app be divested from its Chinese parent firm ByteDance. – AFP pic, August 1, 2020.

PRESIDENT Donald Trump said yesterday he will bar fast-growing social media app TikTok from the United States as American authorities have raised concerns the service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence.

US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, but the company has denied any links to the Chinese government.

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