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On Friday (31), <br><br>Donald Trump, president of United States, said that the following day, that is, this Saturday (1st), he would sign an executive order for the TikTok, platform maintained by the Chinese ByteDance, is prohibited from operating in the country.

“As far as TikTok is concerned, we are banning it in the United States. I will sign the document tomorrow, ”Trump told reporters aboard the presidential Air Force One plane.

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Decision will be signed by the president this Saturday (1st). Photograph: Playback

The measure would be the result of the concerns of government officials United States with the country's security, as there are accusations of espionage against the application of short videos. The decision hits on ByteDance, which recently became one of the few truly global Chinese conglomerates thanks to the commercial success of the TikTok

In a note to the Olhar Digital, TikTok comments on the decisions made by the platform in the United States so far: “These are the facts: 100 million Americans come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, especially during the pandemic. We hired almost 1.000 people just for our team in the United States this year and are proud to hire another 10.000 employees for good paid jobs in the USA. Our $ 1 billion breeder fund supports American breeders who are building livelihoods from our platform. TikTok US user data is stored in the USA, with strict controls on employee access. The largest investors in TikTok are from the USA. We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of our users, while continuing to work to bring joy to families and meaningful careers for those who create on our platform. ”

In-app purchase

Also on Friday, an anonymous source, allegedly linked to the negotiation, declared that the Microsoft products is negotiating the purchase of the app. However, with the ban scenario, it is uncertain how the deal would go. 

It may be that, with the purchase made by the American company, the application will resume operating in the territory, alleviating the concerns of Trump about Chinese espionage. 

TikTok scrutiny

The application has gone through an intense period of checks since the end of last year. "There are several government officials who are analyzing the national security risk with respect to TikTok and other applications." This was a statement made on July 15 by the chief of staff of <br><br>Donald Trump, Mark Meadows, to a group of reporters.

In addition to him, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House adviser Peter Navarro revealed to the Fox News - conservative American cable news channel - that USA are thinking of banning Chinese apps, of which TikTok is the most highly rated for security issues.

However, American officials have provided little evidence of their claims about TikTok, other than pointing only to their country of origin. At China, experts say that while these possibilities cannot be ruled out, blocking TikTok is a drastic step and would not necessarily solve all the problems that affect the app's detractors.

The company has repeatedly said that the Chinese Communist Party has no influence over its operations. The application is not available on the China, although ByteDance runs a similar platform called Douyin in Asia. In addition, it emphasizes that it stores data for American users in the USA, and that none of them are subject to Chinese laws.

Street: Reuters