President Donald Trump has said he will bar fast-growing social media app TikTok from the United States as US authorities raise concerns the Chinese-owned video-sharing service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence.
US officials and legislators in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, but the company has denied any links to the Chinese government.
Media reports on Friday said Trump would require the US operations of the app be divested from its Chinese parent firm ByteDance, but the president later announced a ban.
“As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,” he told reporters.
Trump added he could take action as soon as Saturday using his emergency powers.
His comments came as the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) in the US, which investigates deals affecting the country’s national security, finalised a review of the company.