US President Donald Trump said he is considering a ban on the video-sharing app TikTok as a way to punish China over the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s something we’re looking at,” Trump said on Tuesday when asked about a possible ban. “It’s a big business. Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they’ve done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful.”
Donald Trump said the banning of the app was “one of several” measures against China that he considered.
Separately, Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that the United States will “continue to take a hard stand” with regard to Chinese entities, including potentially TikTok, that threaten its protection.
The federal trade commission and the US justice department are also looking into allegations TikTok failed to live up to an agreement on protecting children’s privacy.