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News ID: 47214
Publish Date: 20:20 - 01 August 2020
Saturday, 01 August 2020_US President Donald Trump has announced a decision to ban a Chinese-owned popular video app, Tik Tok, once more escalating the existing tensions between the two countries.

Trump pressuring Chinese firm to divest TikTokAs far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One as he returned from his Florida trip.

Trump said he would use his authority to ban the Chinese app popular among teens which specializes in publishing "fun and short" videos.

"I have that authority. It’s going to be signed tomorrow,” Trump insisted on Friday.

Reports indicate that the Trump administration was pressuring TikTok's mother company, ByteDance, forcing it to hand over Tik Tok's US operations to a US firm, namely, Microsoft company, which is owned by American billionaire Bill Gates.

In the meantime, US armed forces had already banned their employees from installing the highly popular Chinese app on government-issued phones citing security concerns for the ban.

Tik Tok responded to the latest news saying the platform had provided millions of Americans with “entertainment and connection” during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company denied accusations that the Chinese company shared users' information with Beijing.

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