Intelligence officials have issued warnings against the TikTok app owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, as it is capable of collecting personal data of United States nationals.
US President, Donald Trump had announced that he was prepared to sign an executive order to ban the app. The State Secretary, Mike Pompeo, had hinted that actions would be taken against TikTok and other Chinese companies believed to share data with the Chinese government.
However, on Tuesday, China accused the Trump administration of pressuring ByteDance to sell its U.S. operations to Microsoft or risk closure.
On Monday, Microsoft said it was in discussions with ByteDance to buy parts of TikTok after Trump gave the companies 45 days to reach a deal.
ByteDance, in a statement on Sunday, assured that it remained committed to its vision despite “complex and unimaginable difficulties” including the “tense” international political environment.