Right along with TiTok, the US has also banned another Chinese App called WeChat. The latter is a popular mobile payment platform used in the US.
As of tomorrow (Sunday 20th 2020) We Chat will be shut down in the US but Tik Tok will have some leeway all the way to November. Should the supposed threat be neutralized before then, then the US will lift the ban, China has been informed.
Explaining the ban, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said "The Chinese Communist Party has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the US," said in a press statement.
The move comes amid mounting Sino-US trade tensions. Tik Tok is very popular in the US (and around the world) and wracks in millions in advertisements and fees.
However, the Trump administration has been pushing for the sale of the Chinese owned TikTok to American investors. US President Donald Trump, has been adamant and vocal about his concerns that the said Chinese Apps may be used for spying.
Nonetheless, even with the said national threat concerns, there still is the issue of Trump’s push for TikTok to sell to US interests. In the event that the sell goes through, then it is US Silicon Valley giant Oracle that would take ownership and become the tech partner for TikTok.
The TikTok app allows users to create 15 second videos of sound tracked music clips. So popular is the App, in fact it is considered the world’s second-most or fourth-most downloaded non-gaming app of 2019 .