Trump dumps ban on TikTok, tells reporters aboard Air Force One

About damn time, if you ask me. How many lip sync videos is a person supposed to watch?

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President Trump told reporters while flying on Air Force One that he plans to ban TikTok. This is an escalation of tensions between the United States and China as consulates in both countries have been shuttered in the past week. 

Josh Lederman from NBC News tweeted out this news while aboard Air Force One. NY Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted out that Trump, "plans to terminate the social media platform Tik-Tok in the US using presidential authority." 

Bloomberg reports that the president told reporters on Friday night that  “As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” and when pressed about when it would happen he added: “Soon, immediately. I mean essentially immediately. I will sign the document tomorrow.”

As news of this ban hit Twitter, Charlie Gasparino over at Fox Business broke a story that Microsoft may be interested in acquiring TikTok. ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, is interested in dumping the app before the Trump administration shuts it down. Any deal between a Chinese and US company would draw a ton of scrutiny from regulators, but buying TikTok sounds like a Microsoft thing to do. 

It remains to be seen how much longer TikTokers will be able to post their dance and lip sync videos. Maybe this will be the Byte app's time to shine? Probably not. No one uses Byte.

Facebook will likely be a winner in all of this, as they reported extremely strong earnings results earlier this week and are poised to steal whatever features made TikTok the platform that was hip for the teens. Some of the biggest TikTokers are moving over to another app called Triller. Kids these days, am I right?

Keep it locked on Shacknews as this story is still developing. We will be sure to update this article whenever Trump tweets about this. His most recent tweet after this news has broken is about coronavirus cases being higher in the US because of testing. "It's Lamestream Media Gold!" said the president. 

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    July 31, 2020 8:00 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Trump dumps ban on TikTok, tells reporters aboard Air Force One

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      July 31, 2020 8:01 PM

      "dumps ban" implies he's like dropping the ban not proceeding with it, kinda awkward phrasing

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        August 1, 2020 12:25 AM

        A clever play on words for the faithful shack is not awkward phrasing.

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      July 31, 2020 8:19 PM

      So how quick til a new company comes up with their own app to nab all gazillion of these people?

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        July 31, 2020 8:21 PM

        FB was already busy trying to copy it

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          July 31, 2020 8:25 PM

          FB should have just bought Vines.

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            July 31, 2020 8:26 PM

            Wait, instagram already has this feature.

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            July 31, 2020 8:36 PM

            I don't get how Vine just kind of died (I'll be here all week) and yet Stories are everywhere. Aren't they just the same thing?

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              July 31, 2020 8:39 PM

              Dude, I am old and have no idea why some social video platforms thrive and some die. I can't even keep up with tv shows.

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                July 31, 2020 8:45 PM

                I wouldn't be surprised if it was a popular tv show that featured one of these apps or some popular app blocking software used by schools missed a particular app and this was the only one that worked anymore or something stupid like "pick an app" parents haven't heard of yet.

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              July 31, 2020 8:44 PM

              vine was like 5 second clips, it was really hard to meme in that small amount of time.

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                July 31, 2020 9:23 PM

                So in a boardroom somewhere, someone raised $20m VC cash by saying, "You know how Vine is 5 seconds? This app is 8 seconds."

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                  July 31, 2020 9:28 PM

                  TikTok is not Vine. It’s longer videos and more importantly not based around your friends in your feed

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              July 31, 2020 9:26 PM

              Twitter acquired it and killed it because Twitter management has been incompetent from day 1

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        July 31, 2020 8:28 PM

        I saw something that said MS was looking to buy them

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        July 31, 2020 8:36 PM

        TokTik

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      July 31, 2020 8:44 PM

      MS might want to buy TikTok

      https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/technology/tiktok-microsoft.html

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      July 31, 2020 9:07 PM

      now trying to imaging Trump in Harrison Ford's case in the film "Air Force One" and laughing at how that could play out (gone in the first few minutes, or was the plant all the time :)

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      July 31, 2020 9:08 PM

      Can I ask how the president can ban an app?

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        July 31, 2020 9:34 PM

        Same way he can delay an election -- he can't.

        He can certain ban the feds from using it, and can probably like tell all agencies that provide funding that all entities using those funds must block it, but I can't see how he can actually block the app entirely in his authority.

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          July 31, 2020 9:52 PM

          If the government can establish for a court that forcing TikTok to halt operations in the US would prevent irreparable harm to national security (questionable but I imagine you could trot out some CyberCom or NSA personnel to act as expert witnesses) they could probably seek an injunction with the potential for success. It's similar to what they tried to do with Bolton's book, and they only narrowly failed there.

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            July 31, 2020 9:57 PM

            I mean, the DOJ and FTC have historically gotten preliminary injunctions against things like corporate mergers and other standard business operations. When they can (maybe legitimately) wave the 'national security' warning flag I wouldn't want to bet against their odds.

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      July 31, 2020 10:22 PM

      So.. This makes it a first, Trump doing something good?

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        July 31, 2020 10:26 PM

        Well, it's still sort of an authoritarian response to what seems to be a problem that could likely have a normal legal redress.

        Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, but that clock is still trying to become an autocrat by continually testing the boundaries of legality.

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        July 31, 2020 10:45 PM

        It's pointless. Why ban TikTok but allow WeChat? Why allow Chinese made network switches and routers? It's an incoherent "policy" just like all his others

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          July 31, 2020 11:04 PM

          I am for banning all Chinese apps and products from China. So for me this is just a start.

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            August 1, 2020 12:29 AM

            So no Xbox nor PS for you then? They are produced china and none of the demanding companies actual owns those manufacturing plants nor the units produced in there until China decides to hand them over for the agreed price.

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              August 1, 2020 11:12 AM

              Would you be surprised if i claimed i expected that kind of answer?

              And yes, let us get the fuck out of the worlds single factory and turn to other places, even if it means having to pay more for shit we do not need. We are sending money to what is slowly but surely turning into a enemy for every western country. That Does Not Make Sense!

              So how do we do it, we do it as fast as we can and put our money into other factories all over the world, and make sure we have a political and trade agreement with those countries beforehand.

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                August 1, 2020 11:18 AM

                I don't disagree with that it just seems you are inconsequential with that rationale. Several times you mentioned things about china that make perfect sense but yet you don't adhere to your own statements. So what will it be?

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                  August 1, 2020 9:59 PM

                  I actually do, I am avoiding products made in China wherever I can.

                  And given the choice I pick the product that wasn't made in China.

                  Will I skip the next-generation Console?
                  I would if Sony was a Chinese company.

                  And I still boycott Blizzard 👀

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                    August 2, 2020 4:35 PM

                    Late reply, commendable what you are doing, thanks for clarifying.

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        August 1, 2020 12:38 AM

        Well, it’s an anti-China move, so it’s de rigeur. And of course Trump is always doing the bidding of Russia. This is more of a Superpower B hates Superpower C and gets Superpower A to promote its interests situation.

        So... I’ll leave it to you whether that’s “something good.”

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          August 1, 2020 12:39 AM

          I bet Putin is quite happy with anything that disconnects the average American from the rest of the world.

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      July 31, 2020 10:49 PM

      Bets on Chinese retaliation?

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        August 1, 2020 12:15 AM

        American SoMe is already banned in China so ... i don't think this is one they will particularly care about.

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          August 1, 2020 2:06 AM

          it's a great spin story for chinese state television though, as they can claim even America sensors.

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        August 1, 2020 12:56 AM

        They might close an embassy.

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        August 1, 2020 11:27 AM

        They already ban all our shit

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      August 1, 2020 1:38 AM

      Somebody finally showed him that one woman's impressions of him, didn't they?

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