After Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok from the United States of America, the management of TikTok issued a statement stating that the app company is not going anywhere.
In the statement released by TikTok spokesperson, the platform disclosed that they have provided millions of Americans with “entertainment and connection” during the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The app company also debunked rumors that owners share her users’ information with Beijing.
“TikTok US user data is stored in the US, with strict controls on employee access. TikTok’s biggest investors come from the US. We are committed to protecting our users’ privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform,” the spokesperson said.
Vanessa Pappas, who is the United States General Manager of TikTok, shared a video on Twitter yesterday, August 1, defending the app and touting U.S. jobs and other measures taken by the company.
“We’re not planning on going anywhere,” Pappas said in the video. “We’re here for the long run.”
A message to the TikTok community. pic.twitter.com/UD3TR2HfEf
— TikTok (@tiktok_us) August 1, 2020
The pushback came after Trump warned on Friday evening that he could use emergency powers or an executive order as soon as this weekend to bar the platform from operating in the U.S.