(NPR) — Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the hugely popular Chinese-owned app, just as the Trump administration considers taking action against the app — including banning it.
Trump's announcement comes as Microsoft is in talks to acquire the app, which is owned ByteDance, a Chinese company.
Trump's announcement comes after reports Friday that software giant Microsoft was in talks to acquire the app's U.S. operations. The president made it clear that he did not approve of the proposed acquisition.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States,” he told reporters traveling with himfrom Florida. He added that he could sign an executive order in order to enact the ban.
If Microsoft bought TikTok, it would give the lumbering tech giant ownership of one of the trendiest social media platforms, favored by the youngest digital users coveted by all of Silicon Valley. Microsoft is said to be just one of a number of interested buyers of the app.
For months, TikTok has been the go-to platform for teens and millennials to showcase and spread comedy routines, dance challenges and political activism. Since the pandemic began, TikTok's popularity has surged worldwide, logging in more than 180 million downloads in the U.S. alone, according to research firm Sensor Tower.