US President Donald Trump has announced the closure of the Chinese app TikTok in his country. He said he would soon issue an executive order to shut down the popular video-sharing app.
The BBC reports that Trump told reporters on Friday. “TikTok Toe is a concern for us,” he told reporters on Air Force One. Earlier, US security officials feared that China could use the app to steal personal information from the US public.
TikTok authorities have been saying such fears are baseless from the beginning. They say the app is not controlled by the Chinese government and they do not exchange information with the Chinese government.
There has been no direct comment from TikTok on the issue since the US President announced the closure of TikTok. But a spokesman for TikTok said they were “very optimistic” about TikTok’s success in the United States.
The number of active users of TikTok per month in the United States is eight million. Trump’s announcement took the bitterness about China-US one step further.
The United States ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston last month in the wake of the recent cold snap. In retaliation, China ordered the closure of the US Consulate in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, is headquartered in Beijing and has spread worldwide since it became popular in China. As its popularity grew, so did its criticism.
TikTok has been the most criticized in the United States. Several senators in the country called for an investigation.
On June 30, India shut down 59 Chinese apps in India, including TikTok and WeChat. New Delhi has decided to shut down these apps, citing them as dangerous for the country. However, Delhi made the decision on June 15 after 20 Indian troops were killed in a border clash with China in Ladakh.