29th January 2023

Trump ordered to ban TikTok and WeChat in the US – decrees come into force in 45 days

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On August 6, US President Donald Trump ordered two executive orders (1 and 2) to prohibit US citizens from entering into any deals with Chinese companies ByteDance and Tencent, owners of the most popular social platforms – the short video service TikTok and the WeChat messenger, respectively. Both documents will enter into force in 45 days, on September 20.

The prohibition applies to any transactions with these companies and their subsidiaries in the US jurisdiction. Once the decrees have been introduced, any American resident or company risks being fined for any collaboration with TikTok or WeChat.

At the same time, a White House spokesman told the Los Angeles Times that the WeChat order does not apply to other Tencent assets. The Chinese holding co-owns many other companies, including Tesla, Snap, Spotify, Riot Games, Epic Games and Blizzard.

Explaining the motivation behind the blocking of TikTok and WeChat, Donald Trump said that TikTok and WeChat threaten not only national security, but also foreign policy and the US economy.

“TikTok automatically collects huge layers of user data, including Internet data and other information about network activity such as location data, browsing history and search queries. This database of personal and confidential information of Americans allegedly allows China to potentially track down American officials and contractors, as well as collect blackmail materials and conduct corporate espionage.

There is evidence that TikTok censors content that the Chinese Communist Party considers to be politically sensitive, such as the Hong Kong protests, as well as attitudes towards Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

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This app can also be used for disinformation campaigns in the interests of the Chinese Communist Party, for example, when conspiracy theories about the origin of the coronavirus were spread in TikTok videos.

These risks are real “

US President Donald Trump, TikTok Threat Response Test Piece

These decrees are the result of the next phase of the escalation of the conflict between the United States and China – over the past few months, senior American officials have tirelessly repeated that the services developed in China are a threat to US national security. Back in early July, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the possible blocking of the application in the US amid suspicions of espionage and cooperation with the Chinese intelligence services. In late July, US President Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok in the US, but the situation was complicated by Microsoft’s plans to buy the US stake in TikTok, as well as operating structures in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Just the other day, Trump clarified that he would close TikTok if some American company did not buy out the social network by September 15, while demanding a significant amount from the deal in favor of the US Treasury. At the same time, China said that they would not allow such a deal and threatened to retaliate.

Ironically, on the day of the publication of the decrees, the Financial Times, citing five sources close to the negotiations, said that Microsoft is negotiating with ByteDance to buy the entire TikTok business, and not just a stake in the United States and several other countries.

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Source: White House and The Verge

Vicky O. Torres

My name is Vicky O. Torres. I am a psychologist by profession, and I love my work very much. And in general, I am an active seeker of truth, silence and beauty of the world.

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