Trump Wants TikTok Banned


Boston Wu, Junior

The Chinese app known as TikTok has been causing an uproar across the globe as Trump considers whether or not to take action against the video platform and ban it from the US.

On August 1, 2020, Trump stated that he’d rather have an “American company,” like Microsoft, own TikTok instead of a company in a foreign land. Shortly after this public statement, he decided to give China 45 days to sell its world-renowned app to a US buyer- otherwise it will be shut down and removed from the United States on September 15th.

TikTok can automatically record personal and proprietary information of its users, “… allowing China to track Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage” (CNN).

A student from Walnut High School said, “I personally, think it’s dumb- he’s basically assuming that a Chinese company would be that scandalous to sell the information of their users.”

With millions of TikTok fans being in the US, banning it might not be the best option. Luckily for them, on August 2nd, Microsoft announced that they will be, “… moving quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company.” 

However, the chances of them buying TikTok is not guaranteed. As a result, they don’t intend on providing future updates until the outcome has become clear. If they do indeed manage to make a deal with ByteDance, they promise to ensure the safety and privacy of their information by transferring it to the US and deleting any data held within servers outside the country.