The US has warned of a complete ban on the social media app Tik Tok.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the US government has told TikTok that if ByteDance (the Chinese company that owns TikTok) does not give up its stake in the social media platform, it will ban the app completely in the United States. will be given
The United States has already banned the use of Tik Tok in devices used by the federal government, but now for the first time, the government has warned of a nationwide ban.
But it won’t be that easy because former President Donald Trump tried to ban Tik Tok in 2020, calling it a threat to national security, but the courts stopped him.
A TikTok spokesperson said the company had recently learned that ByteDance had been asked by the US to sell its stake in the app, or else the video-sharing app could be banned in the US. Is.
Tik Tok is one of the most popular social media networks in the world and has over 100 million users in the US alone.
The spokesman said that if the goal is to protect national security, separating ByteDance from Tik Tok is not the solution to the problem, changing the ownership of the app will not solve the concerns regarding access to data.
According to the company, the best solution to address national security concerns is to restrict US users’ data and systems to the US, with effective third-party monitoring.