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Microsoft Moves Forward in Acquiring TikTok After Donald Trump's Threat To Ban The App in the US

It looks like Microsoft is very serious about buying ownership of TikTok.

Following the weekend news that President Donald Trump was thinking about banning the popular short video app in the country, the tech company released a statement about their plans to acquire the company for operation in the United States.

“Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury,” the company shared in a statement posted on the website.

It continued that the company “would ensure that all private data of TikTok’s American users is transferred to and remains in the United States,” the company says. “To the extent that any such data is currently stored or backed-up outside the United States, Microsoft would ensure that this data is deleted from servers outside the country after it is transferred.”

The Trump Administration weighed their concerns about the app because of its parent company, ByteDance, who may or may not be sharing data of American users with the Chinese government.

After Trump‘s threat to ban, TikTok responded to him over the weekend.

TikTok Responds to Trump's Threat to Ban It from the U.S.

TikTok has released a message to its users amid the news that President Trump wants to use an executive order to ban the social media app from the United States.

The app is currently owned by a Chinese company and Trump has seemingly shown that he doesn’t support the news that Microsoft might acquire the app. News of the ban quickly made headlines and TikTok creators became worried that they might lose their platform.

TikTok’s U.S. General Manager, Vanessa Pappas, just posted a video in which she says the app isn’t planning on “going anywhere.”

“I want to say thank you to the millions of Americans who use TikTok every day, bringing their creativity and joy into our daily lives,” she said in the below video. “We’ve heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you. We’re not planning on going anywhere. TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, their ideas, and connect with people across different backgrounds and we are so proud of the various communities that call TikTok their home.”

“I’m also proud of our 1,500 U.S. employees who work on this app every day and the additional 10,000 jobs that we’re bringing into this country over the next three years,” Vanessa continued. “I’m thrilled about our U.S. Creator Fund where we just announced our $1 billion fund to support our creators and when it comes to safety and security, we’re building the safest app because we know it’s the right thing to do. So, we appreciate the support. We’re here for the long run, continue to share your voice here, and let’s stand for TikTok.”

President Donald Trump Threatens To Use Emergency Powers to Ban TikTok From US Citizens

President Donald Trump is serious about his threat to ban social media platform TikTok from U.S. operations.

On Friday (July 31), the president stated that he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to ban the Chinese-owned company from the country as soon as Saturday, USA Today reports.

The government has been investigating the app as a potential national security risk and Trump has ordered ByteDance, the app’s parent company, to get out of its Chinese ownership.

Members of the U.S. Navy were also ordered to delete the app from government devices, and other government officials are banned from using the app on their devices as well.

The concert on national security is through the app’s ability to gain personal data from cell phones and smart devices. Many users found that the app was spying on them and shared it with other users online.

Earlier this week, there was also talk that Microsoft could be interested in acquiring TikTok.

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Cameron Diaz Makes TikTok Debut While Drinking Her New Wine!

Cameron Diaz is now on TikTok!

The 47-year-old actress, who has been on a break from acting since 2014, joined the social media app to partake in the viral #WineChallenge with best friend and business partner, Katherine Power.

Cameron and Katherine of course are drinking their recently launched wine Avaline in the video. The cute clip is set to the tune of Enya‘s song “Only Time.”

“Made my first TikTok ya’ll!!” Cameron captioned the video.

Avaline was launched with a white and rosé. The wines are clean, delicious, vegan-friendly, made with organic grapes and free of unnecessary additives. Cameron said, “I enjoyed wine for many-a-year and never questioned it…but I had no idea of the process… We soon learned it wasn’t what you added, it’s what you didn’t add.”

You can order the wine now on Wine.com!

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Hailey Bieber Apologizes After Being Labeled as Rude By Restaurant Hostess in Viral TikTok Video

In a now viral TikTok video, a restaurant hostess named Julia Carolan has been rating celebrity guests on how nice they were.

The hostess has worked for two trendy hotspots in New York City which are frequented by many celebrities.

Some of the celebs she’s rated include Beyonce, Kylie Jenner, Josh Peck and many others.

When it came to Hailey Bieber, Julia didn’t rate her high and gave her a 3.5 out of 10.

“This is gonna be controversial,” Julia shared. “I’ve met her a handful of times and every time she was not nice. I really wanna like her, but I have to give her a 3.5 out of 10. Sorry.”

After Hailey caught wind of the video, she apologized to Julia for her attitude.

“Just came across this video, and wanted to say sorry if I’ve ever given you bad vibes or a bad attitude,” she wrote. “That’s not ever my intention!”

You can catch Julia‘s full videos below:

@juliacarolann

These are just my personal experiences, pls take with a grain of salt 💖 xo ##greenscreen ##manhattan ##fyp ##foryoupage ##celebrity ##rating ##newyork

♬ OUT WEST – JACKBOYS & Travis Scott

@juliacarolann

Ask and you shall receive…PART 2‼️ (a friendly reminder that these are just my personal experiences, no hate xo) ##manhattan ##celebrity ##fyp

♬ Hood Baby – Kbfr

TikTok Stars Addison Rae & Bryce Hall Step Out for Dinner After He Denies Pregnancy Rumors

Addison Rae and Bryce Hall cuddle up for a photo while leaving Boa restaurant on Thursday night (July 9) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The two young stars are two of the most well known personalities on the social media app TikTok. Addison, 19, has 49.7 million followers while Bryce, 20, has 10.2 million followers.

There has been a lot of drama in the TikTok community this week and Addison made headlines when she went silent on social media for over a week, despite normally posting every single day. Finally, she broke her silence just the other day and gave an apology for something she previously said.

Amid everything going on, there have been rumors that Addison is pregnant, which Bryce denies.

“I mean, she’s fine, just know that,” he told YouTube channel Celebrity Livin. “And let me just clear it up — she’s not pregnant. I don’t know why that’s a thing. She’s not pregnant.”

Bryce and Addison have been close since meeting last fall, though they haven’t confirmed if they’re an official couple or not.

The stars of TikTok are not going to be happy if THIS actually does happen.

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TikTok & Other Chinese Apps Could Be Banned By The United States

TikTok might not be accessible to United States users for much longer, as the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that the country was looking at banning the app.

During an interview with Fox News (via), Pompeo shared that banning the app, and many other Chinese apps, was something the country was considering.

“With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura [Ingram],” he said. “I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.”

He also stated that he personally does not recommend downloading TiKTok unless “you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

TikTok released a statement after hearing Pompeo‘s comments.

“TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the U.S. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked,” the statement reads.

The app also revealed that it stopped operations of the app in Hong Kong in wake of the new China-backed security law that would ban treason, secession, sedition and subversion in the city.

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