Trump to Topple Social Media Giant?

Social media helps us stay connected with family and friends. However, it also keeps us a little too connected with third-parties. Some platforms may even pose a threat to national security. President Trump looks to protect the American people.

While aboard Air Force One, President Trump told CNN that he is going to ban the app TikTok. He stated that he had the authority to do so, whether it be through emergency economic powers, or executive order.

The statement came Friday night, after Bloomberg reported that Trump will order ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, to divest from the app. The President’s decision comes after weeks of speculation regarding what he will do about the popular social media platform.

TikTok has raised serious concerns regarding national security. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, told Fox News on July 7 that they were taking it very seriously and assured they were looking into it. Experts in national security have expressed that Chinese tech companies such as TikTok and Huawei are risks to the US. Pompeo added in his interview that Americans should only download the app if they wanted their personal data handed to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

TikTok would prove to be a priceless source of information, providing the CCP with every detail of American lives. Not to mention they have the ability to propagandize material on the app by making it “trendy.” People will quickly follow anything and mimic it if they feel they’ll earn a larger following.

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