What began as a seemingly harmless app in which users can shoot short videos with music to the general amusement, is now increasingly becoming a political issue. US President Trump sees national security in danger. His action against Tiktok's parent company Bytedance is getting tougher.
US President Donald Trump has tightened the pressure on the Chinese video platform Tiktok. Trump signed a decree on Friday that obliges the Chinese parent company Bytedance to destroy all data of US users and to separate from its US business within 90 days. For this purpose, Bytedance's purchase of the Musical.ly app is retrospectively prohibited. The transaction was completed in 2017. There are credible indications that Bytedance poses a threat to national security, Trump now explained.
The American head of state has been putting Bytedance under pressure for some time. With reference to data security, he had already prohibited US-Americans from doing business with Tiktok, but suspended the execution of the order until mid-September. If it takes effect, that would mean the end of the app in the USA.
With the new measures, the US President is putting Bytedance under even more economic pressure. Microsoft is currently negotiating with Bytedance to take over the Tiktok business in the USA and several other countries.
Tiktok has already announced that it will use legal means to defend itself against the impending ban. The video app has already been downloaded around 175 million times in the USA. It is particularly popular with young users.