Trump Signs Executive Order to Ban TikTok in 45 Days

On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order to ban TikTok and its parent company.The Los Angeles Times reports that the order bans all U.S. transactions with ByteDance, which owns TikTok, starting in 45 days. Another executive order bans transactions with WeChat, a messaging and commerce app owned by Tencent. The order claims the companies pose a security threat to Americans. “This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage,” reads the order. TikTok, however denies that they provide information to the Chinese government, saying it's U.S. user information is stored in the United States and Singapore. Microsoft is still angling to purchase TikTok, "subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States," they said earlier this week. The order requires that they make substantial progress with that acquisition before the ban takes effect. Read more here