President Donald Trump reportedly plans to order Beijing-based tech company ByteDance to divest ownership of popular social-video app TikTok. An order from the president could be announced as soon as Friday, according to a report from Bloomberg.
The potential move shows that the US government is look at alternatives outside of banning TikTok, which the Trump administration has also been considering. Politicians have raised concerns that the Chinese government could use the app to spy on US citizens or spread propaganda during an election year. TikTok has pushed back against allegations that the app poses a national security threat, noting that it "never provided user data to the Chinese government" and wouldn't do so even if asked.
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