The TikTok-Trump drama, explained


President Trump is reportedly expected to issue an order compelling social media app TikTok to sell its US operations. | Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Trump told reporters he plans to ban TikTok in the US, but such a move would likely face legal and technical challenges.

Update, August 1:

The Trump administration said it plans to ban TikTok, the wildly popular social media app that’s best known as a place for teens to post short videos, amid mounting national security concerns about the app’s relationship with the Chinese government.

On Friday evening, Trump told reporters on Air Force one, “as far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” saying he would do so using emergency economic powers or an executive order. It’s unclear exactly how Trump plans to enforce the ban — it would likely face serious legal and technical challenges.

According to a report earlier on Friday from Bloomberg, President Trump was considering signing an order compelling TikTok’s parent company, Chinese-based ByteDance, to sell its US operations. Some were floating Microsoft as a potential buyer. But on Friday evening, Trump told reporters he was against such a deal — which, according to the Wall Street Journal, has stalled Microsoft’s negotiations to purchase TikTok.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed that the app was under government review for national security reasons on Wednesday, and that a recommendation would come by the end of the week. A government decision that bans TikTok or forces its parent company to sell it would be a game changer for the social media industry and would threaten to disrupt the app’s extraordinary rise in popularity with its some 80 million users in the US. And for established US social media giants Facebook and Google, the decision could …read more

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