President Donald Trump has approved the terms of a deal that will allow the popular Chinese video app TikTok to operate in the United States.
“The security will be 100%. I blessed the deal. I approved it in principle,” he said Saturday as he left the White House to head to a North Carolina rally.
The app is “is and will remain” in the US, TikTok chief Vanessa Pappas said in a video posted on Saturday.
On August 7, Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting TikTok in America, citing national security concerns.
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Although the Chinese company ByteDance, which owns the application, says it is independent from the Chinese authorities, experts feared that the personal data of approximately 100 million American TikTok users were available to Chinese government agencies.
The ban was supposed to come into force in 45 days, that is, at midnight from Sunday to Monday. It has not yet been officially canceled, but the US Department of Commerce has postponed its execution for a week “due to recent favorable events.”