Tik Tok is the sound of time running out.
Donald Trump and administrative advisors have decided to completely shut down two of China’s massively popular social media platforms this weekend.
TIKTOK’S AMERICAN BAN
We’ve heard the rumours and it’s finally here, WeChat and TikTok will officially fade from American online access in 48 hours. Tik Tok dancers and their fans in the United States will not be able to download or use the video-creating apps.
Washington will take measures to thwart WeChat’s use beginning this Sunday. TikTok will run until Nov. 12 before further restrictions are imposed. North American financiers are still working with TikTok’s owner, the White House and Chinese authorities to try liquidate some of their business. For those who just got to this planet, TikTok is an extremely popular short-form video app. American users number in the tens of millions.
The White House has issued a statement and confirmed President Trump’s decision to ban TikTok:
“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.” (Statement)
TIME IS TIKTOKing
Unless Chinese owners comply, TikTok’s online existance in America will end moments in a matter of days.
The Commerce Department issued regulations Friday to bar U.S. companies from providing downloads or updates for the TikTok and WeChat apps after 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Companies will also be banned from providing data hosting services for WeChat at that time. “Each collects vast swaths of data from users, including network activity, location data, and browsing and search histories,” the Commerce Department said. “Each is an active participant in China’s civil-military fusion and is subject to mandatory cooperation with the intelligence services” of the Chinese Communist Party. (Wall Street Journal)
THE INITIAL TIKTOK DRAMA
This past August, President Trump laid out executive orders to try to ban both TikTok and WeChat from being operational in the United States. The 45-day deadline to sell both platforms to a non-Chinese company was not met. There are claims by the U.S. and countries like India that these platforms are intentionally being used to invade the privacy of users. Using the apps is being considered a breach of national security.
The orders, which use similar language, do not state that a certain amount of money from the sale needs to be sent to the US Treasury Department, which the President has been insisting on for several days. The order regarding TikTok prohibits after 45 days “any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd.,” the Chinese company that owns the social media platform. (CNN)