Trump Considering Banning TikTok To Punish China Over The Coronavirus

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is "looking at" a possible ban on TikTok and other social media apps linked to China.

President Donald Trump said in an interview Tuesday that he was considering banning TikTok, echoing earlier comments from Secretary of State. Trump implied a ban on TikTok would be a way of punishing China for the coronavirus, which originated in the city of Wuhan and his rationale was somewhat different from the reason given by Pompeo, who said the US was worried TikTok could be a national-security risk.

"It's something we're looking at, yes," Trump said when asked about Pompeo's remarks by Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren,according to Bloomberg. "It's a big business," he said. "Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they've done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful," he said, adding that banning TikTok was "one of many" options he's considering to punish China over the coronavirus.

CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN to break down the issue.

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