Donald Trump went from words to deeds: by signing two executive orders, he effectively ousted TikTok and WeChat from the United States, considered a danger to national security, to the country's foreign policy and economy. The effect, however, will not be immediate, as the ban will be effective in 45 days. Just enough time for Microsoft to attempt the purchase of the American division of the ByteDance app, or even to try the coup by incorporating the entire business, as reported by the Financial Times in recent hours. There is no confirmation in this regard – obviously mouths sewn on one side and the other – even if an acquisition seems possible at least in Europe and India.
Trump specifically cites the International Emergency Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act to justify the gravity of the situation: the United States is in danger, and TikTok and WeChat – under these conditions – must be ousted from the market by prohibiting the population from downloading them. What worries the President is in fact "the spread in the United States of mobile apps developed and owned by companies in the People's Republic of China", consider – as already said – a danger for the entire nation.
175 million downloads in the US, more than 1 billion in the world: in the document, the data showing how (potentially) serious is the spread of TikTok, capable of "automatically acquire vast amounts of information from its users, including information on the internet and other network activities such as location data and browsing and search histories". And here is the heart of the ordinance:
This data collection allows the Chinese Communist Party to access Americans' personal and proprietary information, potentially allowing China to track the locations of federal employees and contractors, create personal information dossiers for blackmail and conduct corporate espionage.
Another accusation directed at TikTok is the censorship of the Hong Kong protests (directly requested by China, says Trump), as well as the treatment of Muslim minorities in some areas of Chinese territory. The conspiracy theories on the coronavirus could not even be missing: even in this TikTok would be guilty, guilty of having spread videos containing false information to its users.
TikTok is already banned in governmental areas, as well as in India. Among 45, it can be throughout the American territory, except for news on the Microsoft front. From that moment it will no longer be allowed "any transaction by any person (natural or legal, editor's note) with ByteDance".
Image Credits: Pixabay
Very similar speech also for Tencent's WeChat, widely spread in the United States. The accusations? Steal personal data, share it with the Chinese Communist Party, endanger national security. In addition, it tracks the movements of Chinese visiting the US and "benefiting from a free society for the first time in their life".
Huawei's top at the best price? Huawei P30 Pro, on offer today from Mobzilla for 499 euros or from Unieuro for 569 euros.