US Microsoft Corp. To Ban TikTok Over Security Concerns

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TitTok has come under increased U.S government scrutiny recently, with the decision of US government to ban the app. Joe Baidens campaign asked both staffers to delete the app from both work and personal devices. Some U.S companies have also banned their employees from using TikTok over concerns about its Chinese ownership.

The app is renowned for lip-synching and dancing clips, and is been used by many users worldwide and its use has noticed a drastic increase in 2020. Approximately 315 million users have downloaded TikTok in 20202.

On Friday July, 30th President Donald Trump revealed his plans to order Chinese Byte Dance, the owner of popular and one of the most downloaded video App, TikTok. The app is considered a security threat to the U. S government. Trump made it known to journalists that TikTok is on the verge of ban. “We are looking at TikTok. We may be banning some other things, there are couple of actions. But a lot of things are happening”.

U.S government officials have noted that the app could send U.S generated data to from streaming media to the Chinese, fearing for their security the reign of TikTok may come to an end.

They have also noticed that the app could send propaganda data to the Chinese government.

 At the time when President Trump has been putting up actions to prohibit TikTok in the United States, Microsoft corp. is in negotiating with ByteDance to buy the video app which is potentially valued at $50 billion. This would send a great spike throughout the tech world. TikTok is one of the meaningful competitors for U.S based social networks like Facebook and YouTube.

What is not clear is whether U.S ownership of the app will spin their business or if TikTok’s broad international operations would remain intact.

TikTok is not the only app under U.S scrutiny, news surfaced on Thursday states that two congregational legislatures were seeking to have the U.S department of justice to look into Zoom Video Communications as well.

Read more at the NY times.