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Trump Says He Will Ban TikTok on Sept. 15 Unless US Firm Buys It

By Kyodo News 4 August 2020

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Monday that TikTok will be banned in the United States on Sept. 15 unless an American company buys the US operations of the Chinese-owned short-form video app deemed a potential national security risk.

His remarks came after media reported that Microsoft Corp. was in talks to buy the US operations of TikTok, a deal that would give the US software giant a popular social-media service while alleviating the Trump administration’s pressure on TikTok and its parent company ByteDance Ltd.

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