U.S. President Donald Trump said that he was planning to sign an executive order soon putting a ban on the popular Chinese-owned video app, TikTok from the United States.
The move would be the culmination of U.S. national security concerns over the safety of the personal data that TikTok handles and this would represent a major blow for TikTok’s owner, Beijing-based ByteDance, which became one of only a handful of truly global Chinese conglomerates.
As per a 2020 report, there are estimated 80 million monthly active TikTok users in the United States, thus the news of the app ban didn't quite settle well with US netizens. The app ban statement was quick enough to spark a fury through memes, that soon flooded Twitter.
Coronavirus has killed more than 150,000 people in the US. Therefore, President Trump is banning TikTok— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) August 1, 2020
He need to act fast on this virus worrying about some damn TikTok and our country at crisis Smfh who hired this fool cause it wasn’t us tf— Amber (@BatchIm_TheBest) August 1, 2020
us citizens: hi can you please take this pandemic seriously or maybe shut things down again so the virus will stop spreading and people will stop dying government: ban tiktok?citizens: no that’s-government: i’m on it— chai chugging capricorn (@coolstorykarly) August 1, 2020
Earlier, on June 30 India had banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. The move came in the backdrop of a declining Indo-China diplomatic ties following the Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh.