Why Is President Donald Trump Banning TikTok?

As a social media platform for creating, sharing, and discovering short looped music videos, TikTok is a name now known around the world. The Chinese-owned video-sharing app has up to eighty million daily users in the US alone, and more than two billion all-time downloads. In 2019, it was the second most downloaded app worldwide, just behind the famous Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp. However, while the Chinese app was becoming more & more popular throughout the world, questions & concerns about its data usage were also growing, especially after the app was caught accessing clipboard data on devices, which means the company invaded its user's privacy by accessing their personal messages, media, passwords, cryptocurrency wallet, and more. Therefore, in order to protect U.S. users from the exploitation of their personal data, U.S. President Donald Trump has officially given the company 90 days to either sell or spin-off its #TikTok business in the U.S.A. or else it would be banned from the country. According to Washington, the basis for this ban concerns worries that Tik Tok users' data could be shared with the Chinese government and that content could be censored if it's not in line with China’s Government and Communist Party directives and commands.

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