US President Donald Trump has expressed his approval of a deal that would allow Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok to continue operating in the US. Mr Trump told reporters he had given his "blessing" to a partnership between TikTok and US firms Oracle and Walmart. The president had ordered the app to be banned in the US, citing national security concerns.
US security officials fear data collected by TikTok's owner may be handed to the Chinese government. TikTok's owner, ByteDance, has denied accusations that it is controlled by or shares data with China's ruling Communist Party. However, the TikTok deal does not affect a ban on the Chinese-owned messaging and payments app WeChat, which will no longer be available in US app stores from Sunday night. Tencent, the conglomerate that owns WeChat, has described the US ban as "unfortunate".