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If you’ll recall, yesterday Donald Trump made grandiose claims of outright banning China-owned social media video app TikTok from the USA. This was after reports of Microsoft being interested in buying TikTok were circulating.

The update today is that the Microsoft possible purchase is currently on hold.

This prompted a response from TikTok U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas to release a statement:


“I want to say thank you to the millions of Americans who use TikTok everyday. Bringing their creativity and joy into our daily lives. We’ve heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you, and we’re not planning on going anywhere. TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, create ideas, and connect with individuals across different backgrounds. We are so proud of the various communities that call TikTok their home. I’m also proud of our 1,500 U.S. employees that work on this app every day. The additional 10,000 jobs that we’re bringing into this country over the next three years.

I’m thrilled about our U.S. Creator Fund, where we just announced our $1 billion fund to support our creators. 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.”

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Mashable reached out for a direct statement from a spokesperson, and were reportedly told:

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“While we do not comment on rumors or speculation, we are confident in the long-term success of TikTok. Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, including our community of creators and artists who are building livelihoods from the platform. We’re motivated by their passion and creativity, and committed to protecting their privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform.”


We will do our best to keep you appraised of the situation.

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