TikTok Plays Defense After President Trump Threatens Ban – Adweek

01Aug, 2020

Tensions flared between the White House and short-form video app TikTok Friday night when President Donald Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he intended to ban the app from the U.S. as soon as today.

While the president has no authority to unilaterally impose a full ban, TikTok came to the defense today nonetheless. In a statement to Adweek, TikTok postured itself as a company built for “entertainment and connection” that, as it has grown, hired 1,000 more U.S. employees and financially supports American creators on the app. Furthermore, data from U.S. users is stored in the U.S. “with strict controls on employee access,” TikTok spokesperson Laura Perez said.

TikTok has denied charges from various U.S. officials that its user data is shared with Beijing officials. The app’s parent company, ByteDance, is now headquartered in the Cayman Islands, not in China, where…

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