TikTok says its 'here for the long run' after Trump floats ban over security fears


TikTok on Saturday said it’s “here for the long run” and “not planning on going anywhere” after President Trump said he intends to ban the popular video app over widespread concerns about data security.

“We’re not planning on going anywhere,” U. S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas said in a video, thanking supporters for their backing.

“We appreciate the support, we’re here for the long run and continue to share your voice here and let’s stand up for TikTok,” she said.

On the question of security, she said: “When it comes to safety and security we’re building the safest app because we know it’s the right thing to do.”

The social media app, which allows users to share short videos, has become extremely popular, particularly during recent coronavirus lockdowns. But there have been long-standing concerns about the app because of its Chinese parent company ByteDance, and that it could lead to user data being accessed by the Chinese government. It’s a claim TikTok has denied.

Tensions have increased dramatically between China and the U. S., particularly over the coronavirus, the passage of the national security law to crack down on freedoms in Hong Kong, and persecution of ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region. The U.S. has also pressured countries not to allow Chinese companies like Huawei into their 5G networks.

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