Aug 01, 2020
TikTok assures its community that they're 'not going anywhere' amid Trump ban
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- TikTok's US General Manager Vanessa Pappas appeared in a one-minute video released Saturday morning to assure users the short-form video platform is "not planning on going anywhere."
- The video message came as an apparent response to President Donald Trump's comment one day earlier that he is banning the Chinese-owned app.
- The Trump administration has been publicly threatening to ban the app since early July, often floating concerns about the app's ties to China, but TikTok has denied that it would share user data with the Chinese government.
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Less than a day after President Donald Trump announced he is banning TikTok from the United States, the app released a message assuring all users that the short-form video platform is "not planning on going anywhere."
Business Insider previously reported that Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday night that he is banning the Chinese-owned platform from the US.
US General Manager Vanessa Pappas appeared in a one-minute video released Saturday morning addressing the "TikTok community" in response to Trump's announcement.
"We've heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you, we're not planning on going anywhere," Pappas said. "TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, their ideas, and connect with others across different backgrounds and we are so proud of all the various communities that call TikTok their home."
Pappas thanked the "1,500 US employees who work on this app every day" and mentioned the platform's plans for an "additional 10,000 jobs we're bringing into this country over the next three years."
The administration's previous threats to ban the app set alarms off among creators, but Pappas reiterated the app's plans for a $1 billion US Creator Fund.
Trump's comment to reporters came after a month of his administration publicly threatening to ban the app, with officials like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo citing concerns about the app's ties to China and the possible sharing of user data with the Chinese Communist Party. TikTok has denied that it would share user information with the Chinese government.
Pappas acknowledged the app's plans for "safety and security" by saying, "we're building the safest app because we know it's the right thing to do."
"We appreciate the support, we're here for the long run, continue to share your voice here and let's stand for TikTok," Pappas said.@tiktok
A message to the TikTok community.♬ original sound - tiktok
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Trump gives Microsoft, TikTok 45 days to strike a deal
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke with President Donald Trump about the tech giant acquiring the popular video app TikTok and is still exploring a potential purchase the app, the company announced.Hide
The announcement from Microsoft comes as Trump told reporters late last week that the United States was close to banning the app amid concerns about it being owned by a China-based company.Hide
The idea of banning TikTok in the United States has been rumored for weeks. Trump also campaigned on concerns that have been raised about the app.
TikTok has repeatedly denied any influence from the company and any American user data being shared with China.
However, according to Reuters, the president agreed to let Microsoft explore an acquisition of TikTok for the next 45 days.
Microsoft seemed to confirm this timeline, saying that it wanted to complete the discussions “no later than September 15.”Hide
“Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States,” the company said in blog post on Sunday.
The company said any potential acquisition would be “subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury.”
Microsoft also seemed to hint at concerns that have been raised about user data, by noting that it would “ensure that all private data of TikTok’s American users is transferred to and remains in the United States.” TikTok has repeatedly said that U.S. user data is stored within the country, with a backup in Singapore.
The deadline for a potential deal was imposed by by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Reuters reported.Hide
This wouldn’t be Microsoft’s first foray into social media—it owns LinkedIn—but it would push the company squarely into one of the fastest growing and hugely popular sphere of social media companies.
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