US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he will ban the TikTok social network in the United States, after the country’s authorities expressed concern that this platform was used by Chinese intelligence.
Speaking to reporters on the Air Force One presidential plane, Trump said: “As for TikTok, we are going to ban it in the United States.”
In previous hours the newspaper The Wall Street Journal and the Bloomberg agency reported that Trump arranged for the sale of the US operations of TikTok by Chin-based ByteDance.a, estimating that the service could be used by Chinese intelligence.
Other reports, including one from Fox News, They said Microsoft was in talks to acquire TikTok, the value of which could reach several in the tens of billions of dollars.
Neither TikTok nor Microsoft immediately commented.
TikTok, a video application very popular with young people, has around a billion users worldwide.
US officials and lawmakers have expressed concern in recent weeks about the possibility that TikTok may be used by China for espionage purposes, but the company has denied any ties to the Beijing government.
Asked by AFP, TikTok declined to comment on the press reports.
“We are confident in TikTok’s long-term success. Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok to entertain and connect, including our community of creators and artistsHe limited himself to pointing out.