Threats from the US authorities to block the popular service for publishing short videos TikTok in the country have entered the legal stage. President of the United States Donald Trump has signed decrees to combat the threat of TikTok and threat multifunctional Chinese service WeChat. The issuance of these decrees is based on US national security considerations.
Trump’s decrees introduce a ban for Americans on any deals with the developers of TikTok and WeChat (Chinese companies ByteDance and Tencent, respectively), which will take effect on September 20. Earlier it was reported that by September 15, part of the TikTok business plans to buy Microsoft. This deal could help the service avoid being banned in the US.
The decrees state that TikTok and WeChat collect large amounts of user data, including US citizens. The country’s authorities believe that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has access to this data.
“The base of personal and confidential information of Americans allegedly allows China to track down American officials and contractors, as well as collect blackmail materials and conduct corporate espionage. TikTok also censors content that the Chinese Communist Party considers politically sensitive, such as protests in Hong Kong. and about attitudes towards Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. This app can also be used for disinformation campaigns in favor of the CCP – as was the case when conspiracy theories about the origin of the coronavirus were spread in TikTok videos. These risks are real, ” fragment of decree TJ.
The WeChat Ordinance states that the app collects user data as well as confidential information about visits by Chinese representatives to the United States, giving the Chinese authorities a mechanism to spy on the country’s citizens.
Rumors that Microsoft is negotiating with the Chinese company ByteDance, which owns TikTok, about the purchase of part of the popular service, appeared the other day, and on August 3 at Microsoft officially confirmed this information, clarifying that the head of the corporation Satya Nadella discussed a potential deal with Donald Trump. He probably managed to convince the American president to postpone blocking TikTok.
Microsoft then noted that the company would buy part of the TikTok business only after a “detailed security study.” The report also said that Microsoft and ByteDance had sent notices of the negotiations to the US Foreign Investment Committee (CFIUS). If negotiations are successful, Microsoft will operate the service in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft did not rule out that other American investors could be involved in the deal on a minority basis.
Later Donald Trump statedthat the TikTok app will be banned in the United States unless it is bought by Microsoft or another US company by September 15th. As Trump noted, in the event of a deal, a significant portion of the money will go to the US Treasury. He also stated that he considers it more correct to buy TikTok as a whole, and not a more complex deal to buy out part of the service.
On August 6, media reported that Microsoft is considering acquiring the entire TikTok business outside of China.
Recall the TikTok application took the lead the list of the most popular mobile applications in the world in the second quarter, but the Chinese origin of the service, owned by ByteDance, has long been a problem for TikTok. For example, the US Navy last year banned the installation of TikTok on service smartphones due to potential cyber threats, and recently the application, along with other Chinese services, was blocked in India amid aggravated relations between China and India in connection with the border incident.