US President Donald Trump has said he will ban the popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok “tomorrow”.
Speaking to reporters earlier in the day, Mr. Trump said TikTok had always been a source of national security and censorship concerns in the US.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” he told his audience.
Mr. Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to enforce the action, insisting: “I have that authority.”
The President’s comments came after published reports that the administration was planning to order China’s ByteDance to sell TikTok.
According to The New York Times and Fox Business, US tech giant Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok. However, Microsoft has so far declined to comment.
While insisting that data of App users around the world would never be shared with the Chinese Government, a TikTok statement on Saturday described the US media reports as “rumours or speculation”, adding: “We are confident in the long-term success of TikTok.”