U.S. to ban Tik Tok app over security and censorship concerns


The U.S. President, Donald Trump, has today said he plans to ban the popular video app Tik Tok from use in the states.



Trump has insisted that the ban will be in place as soon as Saturday amid claims that the video-sharing app is a source of national security and censorship concerns.


ByteDance launched the Tik Tok app back in 2017, before purchasing musica.ly, a video service that is popular among teenagers in Europe and the U.S.


Tik Tok became a major hit with younger generations and celebrities around the world for its fun and easy video-making features, which has resulted in Facebook and Snapchat seeing the app as a threat to their businesses.


Speaking to reporters in Florida, Trump said; "As far as Tik Tok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States."


He added; "I have that authority.


"It's going to be signed tomorrow."


The President said he will use emergency economic power or executive order to enforce the banishing of the app from U.S. users.


The app's Chinese ownership has caused concern around the censorship of videos, and the potential for sharing user data with Chinese officials.


The app is still currently in use in the United States, with Trump potentially confirming the ban later on today.