PRESIDENT Trump will make a decision on banning TikTok within 24 hours as White House advisor Peter Navarro called the social app a “national security threat”.
During an interview with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, Navarro called Trump’s decision due to be announced on Monday, a “good thing”.
According to the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, TikTok has been sending American information including user-location back to its servers in China.
Navarro claims that all personal information is “ potentially going right back to the Chinese communist party, the Chinese military and the Chinese government.”
He continued: “They can use these social media apps to steal your personal information, your business information and also Judge, they use these social media apps to track you and surveil you and monitor your movements.”
Navarro also stated that the app is a “national security threat” and that the President and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been monitoring the app’s movement of information.
The adviser asked viewers that if they are using TikTok “to get on the Trump train” and delete the app as it is “dangerous”.
Navarro also claimed that TikTok had hired several American lobbyists and placed a “puppet” CEO in charge of the company in order to change public opinion about the safety of the app.
“They’re going to make it sound like ‘oh can’t hurt you, this, that and the other thing.’ Don’t fall for this,” he said.
During the interview, Navarro cleared up a “vicious leak” that according to him was made public in a bid to put pressure on President Trump over his decision on banning the app.
“The other thing I should tell you about this is that is that there a vicious leak that went out trying to push the president into a corner and said that Microsoft was going to buy this.”
Navarro said that the American people would need to be “careful” with this information because it is Microsoft that the “People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese government run on” and “Microsoft helped china build its great firewall that is sussed to surveil, monitor and censor and imprison sometimes the Chinese people”.
Closing the interview Navarro stated that the President would have a decision made by today or Monday and warned viewers “people of America do not fall for whatever you hear from these lobbyists.”
If President Trump bans TikTok he will be following in the steps of India who banned TikTok along with 67 apps.
He made the announcement of banning the app while on Air Force One on Friday night as he returned from a trip to Florida.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” the president told reporters.
Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action.
“I have that authority," he said aboard the presidential plane.
TikTok is a Chinese-owned video app that's become popular among Americans in the last two years or so.
Users on the app create, watch, and engage with videos that range from fun dance trends to beekeepers rescuing honeybees.
It was the world’s second most downloaded app in the third quarter of 2019, with an estimated 176 million downloads.
TikTok has said it has tens of millions of US users and hundreds of millions of users worldwide.
But while it's considered fun by users, US lawmakers have raised intelligence, national security, and privacy concerns about the company’s ownership.
TikTok has denied allegations that it shares user data with the Chinese government.
Trump's announcement on Friday came after reports claimed his administration was planning to order China’s ByteDance to sell TikTok.
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