In case you haven’t already heard, Donald Trump said he may ban TikTok from operating in the United States amid national security concerns about American users’ personal data.
The president went on to say he could invoke the Emergency Economic Powers Act or an executive order as early as this weekend to officially ban TikTok, making it clear he does not support a potential deal for Microsoft to acquire the app from its Chinese-owned parent company ByteDance.
His statement comes after both he and United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the government is “looking at” banning TikTok in the U.S. after The New York Times reported that India banned the app over privacy concerns earlier this summer.
But are national security concerns really the reason behind Trump’s sudden decision? Many social media users believe he’s using the TikTok ban to silence Sarah Cooper, the prolific comedian who rose to fame throughout quarantine by mocking Trump with his own words.
This didn’t stop Cooper from posting a video titled, “How to tick tack.”