Trump bans TikTok, USA President has signed an executive order prohibiting any transaction or business with ByteDance, the Chinese developer of TikTok, from 45 days.
“The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security,” Trump said in the text of the executive order, which would eliminate the application in the United States if it does not change hands.
The Trump administration maintains that TikTok poses a threat to US national security and is seeking to force its sale to a US company such as Microsoft, which has shown interest in the popular social network.
“Data collection (from TikTok ) threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party to access personal and private information of Americans, potentially allowing China to track the locations of federal employees and contractors, create personal information files for blackmail and corporate espionage” the order states.
Trump assured that TikTok creates “real risks” for the United States, which is why Trump bans Tiktok from doing any business, a move that may force ByteDance to sell its social network in the next 45 days.
This period goes a little beyond the date of September 15 that Trump marked TikTok this week to sell his business or leave the United States, where according to the Government it has more than 175 million downloads.
“I don’t care if it’s Microsoft or another big company, a safe company, a very American company has to buy it,” Trump said at the White House on Monday.
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Microsoft announced this Sunday that it is following negotiations with ByteDance for the possible purchase of TikTok in the US and promised to complete the operation no later than next September.
The Trump Administration, as well as important Democratic leaders, have insisted that the widespread use of TikTok puts the privacy of American data and national security at risk, since it is exposed through ByteDance to instructions and government intervention Chinese.
In addition to TikTok, Trump also banned this Thursday for similar reasons business or transactions from 45 days with the Chinese technology company Tencent for its WeChat application.