translated from Spanish: Trump seeks to ban TikTok in US for «national security reasons»

«As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re going to ban it in the United States,» Trump told the press aboard Air Force One. Thus, he specified that to ban it he would use emergency economic powers or an executive order, although he has not provided further details in this regard, according to the CNN television network. The President of the United States confirmed that his Administration was considering banning the use of the mobile phone application, following the opening of an investigation to the ‘app’ for national security reasons.» We’re analyzing TikTok. We could ban TikTok, we could do other things. There are a couple of options, but a lot of things are happening,» the representative said. The investigation against TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, is conducted by the U.S. Foreign Investment Committee. U.S. authorities were concerned about whether the ‘app’ poses a risk to national security. Specifically, critics of the application were wary of whether the data TikTok could collect from US users could end up in the hands of the Chinese government, even though the company said it stores its data outside China and would resist any attempt by Beijing to seize the information. For their part, cybersecurity experts noted that the potential risk to national security posed by the application is, above all, theoretical and that there is no evidence to suggest that TikTok user data may be compromised by China Intelligence.Beijing, for its part, accused Washington on Thursday of «threatening Chinese companies without evidence» and thereby violating «the principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Without evidence, the United States threatens a Chinese company in the wake of a presumption of guilt, revealing its hypocrisy in the so-called ‘respect for justice and freedoms’,» criticized Wang Wenbin, foreign Ministry spokesman for the Asian giant.

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