Stephen Smith, CFNN Reporter

TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly, is
on the verge of extinction.

On August 6, 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced an executive order that called for the removal of the popular video sharing app TikTok. This order gave TikTok’s owners 45 days to sell the company to a U.S. corporation, or the app would be banned in the United States.

TikTok is the popular social media app run by Chinese technology giant, ByteDance. TikTok is known for its variety of comedy, challenge, dance, and cooking videos; there’s really nothing it doesn’t have. Those features may be great, but Trump fears the safety of the United States’ privacy in the hands of a Chinese powerhouse.

“This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese communist party access to Americans personal and proprietary information,” Donald Trump stated in his executive order.

Trump allotted the time span of 45 days to TikTok’s joint company ByteDance to solve the issue of security. If ByteDance fails in compliance, TikTok will be banned as of September 20, 2020. This ban will remove TikTok from every American device, making it no longer accessible. 

“The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our National security,” says Trump.

Two major U.S. based tech giants have offered a hand to buy TikTok. According to Forbes, Oracle and Microsoft have teamed up with Walmart in order to place bids between 20 billion and 50 billion.

Molly Williams (molly.anneee) on TikTok.

Molly Williams is a senior at Cape Fear, and upon her posting a viral video, she has about 80,000 followers and has amassed over 2 million likes across her videos.

When I asked Molly how she felt about the TikTok ban as a creator, she responded, “I think TikTok is great, but I think the security of our nation and citizens is more important. With buyers investing in it, it seems like it’ll work out.”

With all of the business motives and offers, I believe we will see TikTok become an American owned company very soon, hopefully before September 2020. If not, we will always have the old dance challenges and Tiger King videos to look back on.