Potential TikTok Ban Draws Criticism
Over the weekend, President Trump (R) drew criticism over his focus on wanting to ban the social media platform TikTok.
The President slammed the platform and called it a spying apparatus for China.
This comes during a time when Republican lawmakers have largely slammed China over the technological threat it poses to the United States.
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) August 1, 2020
The President has not responded to the criticism, but information has been released regarding big tech companies trying to avoid the ban.
Shortly after Trump made the announcement, it was announced that Microsoft is considering a buyout of TikTok. Officials from Microsoft and representative executives from TikTok have been involved in ongoing discussions with the White House in order to prevent the Trump administration from making the move.
In a statement released by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Satya commented that “Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns,” adding that Microsoft “is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury.”