US Govt Officially Bans TikTok & WeChat

Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok unless the Chinese application is acquired by US software maker Microsoft. Soon after, this attempt at buying Chinese technology was dubbed as ‘bullying’ by a state-backed paper in China.


China is Against Microsoft Buying TikTok

However, to put more pressure on the Chinese government and TikTok parent company ByteDance, President Trump has signed an executive order calling the wide use of Chinese apps a ‘national emergency.’

The order will prohibit “any transaction by any person” with ByteDance or its subsidiaries in 45 days. This means Apple and Google would no longer be able to court the app on their respective app stores. The order came few hours after the Senate unanimously voted to ban TikTok from all government devices.

The order reads:

The spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. At this time, action must be taken to address the threat posed by one mobile application in particular, TikTok.

Note that the order does not directly talk about banning TikTok, rather bars transactions with ByteDance. Hence, if Microsoft succeeds in acquiring the application, TikTok will continue to operate.

The US government is mainly concerned about the way Chinese apps handle user data.

The order details:

TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.

This was one of the two executive orders signed yesterday. The other one is against the Chinese IM application WeChat owned by Chinese giant Tencent. This ban will also go into effect in 45 days. However, if the ban is extended to TenCent, it will have massive implications on the gaming industry and eSports. The whole situation reminds us of how the ban on Huawei started.

  • So this is how America works. They will never let any country to be the power in IT. But shame on all developing countries like Pakistan etc that are too dependent on America for daily needs and are too lazy to develop their own chips, software and OS. We as Pakistanis will be the slaves in IT and Technology for years to come and we will just see these wars of Giants (China, America, Russia etc) from a distance.

  • I don’t see them doing anything wrong here from any angle… Just like china has banned tons and tons of american stuff, and there is no democracy in china and when someone jokingly mentions china (like pewdiepie) they ban their content country wide as well… America as a country has right to ban in their country whatever they want, and unless they enforce these changes worldwide, it is not our business to judge them in their own matters…

  • That is called rules :
    Hame bhi seekhna chahyeh ek signature that’s it PTA pata nahi q lecture deta rehta hai kuch ghalt hai to khatam karo apps ko yaha se

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