TikTok ‘disappointed’ with US ban decision

By Backend Office, Desk Reporter
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The video-sharing platform TikTok expressed their disappointment over the US commerce department’s decision of blocking the download and update of the popular application from Sunday.

A TikTok representative stated that they disagree with the commerce department’s decision to block new downloads of the app from September 20 and ban the use of the video-sharing platform from November 12 in the US.

“Our community of 100 million US users loves TikTok because it’s a home for entertainment, self-expression and connection and we are committed to protecting their privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform,” the Los-Angeles-based video-sharing platform stated.

The US commerce department had clarified earlier that any actions to deliver or maintain TikTok on Apple App Store or Google Play Store will be prohibited from Sunday onwards. The TikTok users who already have downloaded the app can continue accessing the platform but they won’t be able to download any updated versions from Sunday onwards.

Earlier this week the American-based technology firm Oracle announced that it has reached a deal with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to be their US partners but no details about the proposal have been revealed.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the White House was analyzing a proposal put forward by TikTok which the company expects to resolve the security concerns. The US President Donald Trump and other politicians have been accusing TikTok of causing a national security threat but so far no evidence has been provided to prove the argument.

Early in August, Trump issued an executive order banning the US deals with the TikTok Chinese parent company ByteDance by quoting the International Emergency Economic Power Act. On August 14, the second executive order was issued that will compel ByteDance to sell or spin-off its US business within 90 days.

The short video app, especially popular among youngsters, claims that its total number of monthly active TikTok users in the US was more than 91 million as of June and according to quarterly usage the app had over 100 million users in the country.

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