Trump to reportedly order TikTok’s owner ByteDance to sell its US operations

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Donald Trump is reportedly ordering the Chinese parent company behind TikTok to sell the viral app’s US operations.

Bloomberg reports that Trump is planning to sign an order directing ByteDance to “divest its ownership” of TikTok. The potential announcement comes weeks after the Trump administration first said publicly it was considering banning TikTok due to concerns regarding its ties to China, and the foreign government’s influence and access to user data and content moderation.

It’s unclear what power Trump has to order ByteDance to sell TikTok’s US operations, or how TikTok’s US operations will respond.

Fox Business reporter Charles Gasparino also reported Friday that Microsoft was interested in buying TikTok’s US operations.

An announcement on Trump’s plan could be made as soon as Friday, Bloomberg reports.

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Source:: Business Insider – Tech

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