For months, U.S. President Donald Trump has tried to ban TikTok, the wildly popular short-video app owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance, on the grounds that the app’s Chinese ownership poses a national security threat.
U.S. officials claim that TikTok allows the Chinese government to access user data, censors political topics, and could be used to spread misinformation.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump said in August. The same month, he said TikTok “can’t be controlled, for security reasons, by China. Too big. Too invasive.”