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DW News 2 Aug 2020

Why does Trump want to ban TikTok in the US?


US President Donald Trump said he's considering banning the popular video app TikTok from the country. Reports indicate he's also considering the option of forcing the app's owner, Chinese firm ByteDance, to sell it. Microsoft is reportedly in talks to acquire TikTok's US operations. US officials say TikTok could pose a national security threat, amid concerns that China could access the data it collects. Are there other reasons Trump may want to get rid of TikTok? TikTok's general manager for its US market, Vanessa Pappas, said the company "not planning on going anywhere."

The Trump administration announced popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat must be removed from U.S. app stores beginning Sunday. President Trump and the Commerce Department have cited concerns over national security and Chinese influence in the U.S. CBSN contributor and senior fellow at the Asia Society Isaac Stone Fish joined CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss.
The deal, which will keep the video-sharing app TikTok available in the US, was approved by the Trump administration after it threatened to ban it over security concerns.
Democratic politicians in the US did not want a hearing to happen before next month's election.
But Republicans have begun pushing ahead with their plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a new Supreme Court judge.
Barrett, who is US President Donald Trump's pick, would replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg who died last month.

Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher reports from Washington, DC.
The man behind SpaceX and Tesla now wants to get inside your brain. Elon Musk's startup company "Neuralink" is looking to implant chips in the human brain to help treat neural disorders. Some say the device could be one day also be used to link human brains right to the internet. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN's Lana Zak with details.

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