Aboard Air Force One on Friday night, Trump reportedly said “As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States.” He described the action as a “severance” and said that an executive order enforcing the ban could be signed as soon as today. “I have that authority,” he said.
In recent weeks, the White House has increasingly raised concerns over the popular short-form video app due to its ownership by ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese owner. Chinese law can compel any domestic company to hand over all collected user data. TikTok tracks user location information and user metadata, and has aroused concerns about privacy and censorship.