Some reports have indicated that Microsoft is in advanced talks to buy TikTok's United States operations.
The reason for this ban would primarily be privacy concerns, as TikTok tracks, user location, information and user metadata, and Chinese law can make any domestic company hand over all user data. The company has vehemently denied both claims. However, it's unclear whether Trump can ban the app completely.
TikTok US General Manager Vanessa Pappas told users that the company was working to ensure them "the safest app" in the wake of heightened concerns in the US over data security. "We're not going anywhere".
I'm also proud of our 1,500 USA employees who work on this app every day and the additional 10,000 jobs that we are bringing into this country over the next three years.
In a statement yesterday, a White House spokesman said: "The administration has very serious national security concerns over Tiktok".
Microsoft has reportedly halted its bid to buy the USA operations of China-based TikTok after President Donald Trump vowed to ban the short-video making app that has over 80 million monthly users in the country.
As well as considering an outright ban, and a spinoff to a US buyer, the Trump administration has also weighed whether to place TikTok on the so-called entity list run by the Commerce Department, to restrict its ability to do business in the U.S. "We'll be making a recommendation to the president on it this week".
The ban announcement is the latest controversy for the app, which is now under review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union said Trump's plan to ban the app was "a danger to free expression".
He said TikTok and other Chinese software companies operating in the USA, such as WeChat, feed personal data on American citizens directly to the Chinese Communist Party.
TikTok is the first Chinese internet app to gain a large following outside of China.
Prior to 2019, few in the world had heard of TikTok (formerly Musical.ly) - the Beijing based app that emulates aspects of Vine.
"I will say publicly that the entire committee agrees that TikTok can not stay in the current format because it risks sending back information on 100 million Americans", Mnuchin said Sunday on ABC. The US had not offered any proof of this happening yet, but they argue that if China demanded access to user data from companies in the country, those companies would have no choice but to comply.