The U.S. general manager of Chinese video sharing app TikTok has said that the service is ‘not planning on going anywhere’ after President Donald Trump vowed to ban the service over security and privacy concerns. ‘We’re not planning on going anywhere,’ said Vanessa Pappas (left) in a video address on TikTok. ‘When it comes to safety and security we’re building the safest app because it’s the right thing to do.’ Pappas claimed that the app employs 15,000 people in America, and plans to add an additional 10,000 jobs in the coming years. It follows Trump’s vow to sign an executive order banning the app, which is expected as soon as Saturday, and has set off a flurry of acquisition speculation, with Microsoft reportedly exploring a deal to take control of the Chinese app in order to allow it to continue operating in America. Trump’s threat follows concerns about Chinese control of user data in the U.S., with Chinese law requiring companies there to cooperate with leader Xi Jinping’s (right) government on national security and intelligence matters. Trump’s move spurred an outpouring of anguish from young American users who are fans of the app.
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SOURCE: Mail Online