Trump wants to ban tiktok video platform in the usa

Trump wants to ban tiktok video platform in the usa

US president donald trump wants to ban the international video platform tiktok in his country. "As far as tiktok is concerned, let’s ban it from the u.S.," trump said on his official air force one plane on friday night (local time), according to journalists traveling with him.

"WELL. I can do it with a "presidential fugitive" or an economic emergency power, he said.

Tiktok is an internationally very successful video platform of the chinese company bytedance, which is offered in 65 languages on 175 markets. Users can upload video clips they have created themselves or watch those of others. In mainland china, only the censored version douyin is available. Representatives of the US government had already warned several times that data from US citizens could end up in the hands of the chinese communist party via tiktok.

Tiktok assures platform is about creative content with "privacy and security" protected. "Tiktok is not offered in china," a tiktok spokeswoman told the german press agency on saturday. The chinese government had no access to user data and had never asked for it. User data was stored and processed in the U.S.

Due to suspicion abroad, bytedance is trying to separate its international platform from the chinese version. Only in hong kong was tiktok itself active, but the platform was withdrawn from the special administrative region after the announcement of the controversial new security law.

By the end of 2019, washington had already banned US military personnel from using the tiktok app on service smartphones. US secretary of state mike pompeo had not ruled out blocking tiktok and other apps from china in early july. On wednesday, treasury secretary steven mnuchin announced in trump’s presence that the u.S. Government was reviewing the platform through the interagency committee on control of foreign investment in the u.S. (CFIUS) and that a recommendation would be made to the president based on that review.

But it’s not just in the u.S. That tiktok is facing headwinds. In india, which had a recent border skirmish with china, the platform has already been banned. Neighboring pakistan blocked video platform bigo and warned tiktok against offering immoral or vulgar content.

Tiktok made an effort on saturday to make it clear to the public what a ban on the platform in the USA would mean. In a video message, vanessa pappas, the u.S. Executive in charge of the platform, said she was proud of the 1,500 employees in the u.S. Who worked on the app every day, and of the additional 10,000 jobs tiktok would bring to the country in the next three days.

Tiktok says it has 100 million users in the u.S. Tiktok’s biggest investors came from the u.S., the company says. On friday, the news agency bloomberg reported that the US software company microsoft is negotiating the purchase of tiktok’s US business. Trump, however, made it clear to journalists traveling with him that he was against it.

Users of the social network may have contributed to the high number of expected visitors before a campaign appearance by trump in june – where in the end many seats remained empty. Media had reported that there had been coordinated efforts at tiktok to register for a ticket for free but then not show up for the event in the state of oklahoma.

The chinese government criticizes washington’s action. "The u.S. Is creating a presumption of guilt and threatening chinese companies for no reason," aub office spokesman wang wenbin had declared in peking on thursday. The U.S. Should provide an "open, fair and nondiscriminatory environment" for all market participants.

The atmosphere between the two major powers is extremely tense. From the chinese point of view, the relationship is worse than it has been since diplomatic relations were established in 1979. Most recently, the U.S. Ordered the closure of the chinese consulate in houston, texas, after which beijing shut down a U.S. Representative office in chengdu. Countries are already at loggerheads over china’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, trade policy and the chinese crackdown in hong kong and xinjiang.