Tough crackdown on Chinese companies: President Donald Trump orders ban on Tiktok-WeChet from Sunday, Chinese companies could lose market share to hundreds of users in US
US President Donald Trump has ordered tougher action on TikTok and WeChat from Sunday. Both apps will not be able to be downloaded in the United States if the move is made from Sunday, the news agency said in a statement. The possibility of such controls has become stronger after an agreement was reached to become America’s technology partner for Oracle TicTac.
Tiktok was previously given a September 15 deadline to cease operations in the United States until President Trump acquired Microsoft Corp or another company. In these circumstances, Trump has given important orders in this direction today. According to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Rose, China is maliciously collecting personal data of U.S. citizens, and the order is being implemented to prevent this situation.
Decided with national security in mind: US Department of Commerce
Some security experts have expressed concern that the Chinese company BiteDance Limited, which owns Tiktok, is creating an access security risk to information about about 100 million Tiktok users in the United States. The popular video app TikTok and messaging app WeChat will be banned in the US from Sunday, the US Department of Commerce said. The Trump administration says the move was necessary in light of US national security.
Trump’s conversation with Oracle representatives
Earlier in the day, Trump said he had talked to a representative of Walmart and Oracle to make a decision on the issue. Last month, Trump signed an executive order banning Tiktok and WeChat, under which both Chinese companies could avoid a ban by handing over ownership to a US company. Tiktok is currently owned by Baitdance, based in Beijing. Microsoft was initially involved in the conversation with Tiktok. Oracle and Walmart later made an entry in the conversation, however.
India had earlier banned 118 Chinese apps to protect its sovereignty and integrity.
India also banned 118 China-based apps, including the popular Pubji Mobile, earlier this month. According to the Ministry of Information and Technology (IT) of India, the ban was imposed under Section 69A of the Information Technology Rules under various provisions of the Information Technology Rules, 2009. That is, India imposed the ban in view of the potential threat to its sovereignty and integrity.