New York : Trump threatens to ban the TikTok social network

TikTok has more than 2 billion downloads worldwide.

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President Donald Trump announced this Friday night his intention to prohibit in his country the Chinese social network TikTok, which Washington views with suspicion for national security reasons.

“As for TikTok, we are going to ban them in the United States,” he told Trump in remarks to reporters aboard the presidential plane. Air Force One bound for Washington from Tampa.

“I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order, ”said the president, who explained that he plans to make the decision this Saturday at the earliest.

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At the beginning of the month, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, already hinted that the Trump Government considered restricting access to TikTok in the United States given the possibility that Beijing is using the social network as a means to monitor and distribute propaganda.

In an event organized by The Hill newspaper, Pompeo explained that the Administration is considering imposing sanctions and assured that “soon” they will communicate to the public “the series of decisions” that have been made.

TikTok is a social network developed by ByteDance, based in Beijing, in which short videos are shared and which has achieved great success among the teenage public, but at the same time has raised great doubts about the security of the data of users and their links with the Chinese Communist Party.

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Tension between the US and China has increased in recent months fueled by the coronavirus pandemic, in which the two countries blame each other.