US TikTok Ban Threat: White House Demands Chinese Owners Sell Shares Or Face Potential Nationwide Ban

US TikTok Ban Threat: White House Demands Chinese Owners Sell Shares Or Face Potential Nationwide Ban

By Spy Uganda Correspondent

The US government has demanded that TikTok’s Chinese owners sell their shares or face a potential ban on the app in America.

The news emerged on Wednesday that the Biden administration was taking dramatic steps to potentially block the video-sharing app in the US amid fears of its user data being shared with the Chinese government.

It’s the first time under the administration that a ban has been threatened.

In 2020, Donald Trump was impeded by US courts when he tried to ban TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance.

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TikTok, which has more than 100 million US users, has already been stifled by the White House after it ordered government agencies to delete the app on federal devices and systems.

China denounced the US over its TikTok bans, saying it has been “abusing state power”.

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Some are suggesting a nationwide ban, as Republicans and Democrats joined forces late last year to unveil bipartisan legislation that would enforce such an option.

It’s not only in America where TikTok has come under fire – Canada announced the app posed an “unacceptable risk” and banned it from government devices, as has the European Commission, Belgium and The Netherlands.

TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter confirmed the possible ban but said: “If protecting national security is the objective, divestment doesn’t solve the problem: a change in ownership would not impose any new restrictions on data flows or access.”

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