|U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd of supporters, flanked by a line of local law enforcement, as he arrives at Tampa International Airport, in Tampa, Florida, U.S., July 31, 2020.(File photo by=REUTERS/Tom Brenner)|
[아시아뉴스통신=레악카나 기자] President Donald Trump said on Friday (Jul 31) he would sign an executive order as soon as Saturday to ban fast-growing social media app TikTok in the United States, as American authorities have raised concerns the service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence.
US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, but the company has denied any links to the Chinese government.Media reports circulated earlier Friday saying that Trump would require the US operations of the app be divested from its Chinese parent firm ByteDance, but the president announced a ban.
He added he would take action as soon as Saturday using emergency economic power or an executive order. It wasn't immediately clear what authority Trump had to ban TikTok and how the ban would be enforced and what legal challenges it would face.ByteDance, Microsoft and the US Treasury Department, which chairs the government panel were reviewing ByteDance's ownership of TikTok, declined to comment.
ByteDance were considering a range of options for TikTok amid pressure from the US to relinquish control of the app. ByteDance has also fielded acquisition interest in TikTok from other companies and investment firms, Reuters has reported.