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TikTok has come to stay – General Manager Vanessa Pappas dares Trump on ban

Tiktok General Manager, Vanessa Pappas has said the Chinese-owned video-sharing app is “here for the long run”.

The statement is coming after President Donald Trump said he would ban it in the US.

Accorfing to Vanessa in a video statement, Titok company was building “the safest app”.

Donald Trump, alleging the app could be used to collect Americans’ personal data, has said he could soon sign an executive order banning the app.

With 80 million active monthly users in the US, TikTok denies any Chinese control. Report has it that the ban would be a major blow for the Chinese firm ByteDance which owns it.

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TikTok’s US general manager said the company had heard an “outpouring of support” for the app, and thanked the “millions of Americans” who used it every day.

“We’re not planning on going anywhere,” she said.

“When it comes to safety and security, we’re building the safest app, because we know it’s the right thing to do,” she said.

“We’re here for the long run, continue to share your voice here and let’s stand for TikTok.”

TikTok platform has exploded in popularity in recent years, mostly with people under 20.

They use the app to share 15-second videos that often involve lip-synching to songs, comedy routines and unusual editing tricks.

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