After all the mixed suggestions to ban the Chinese-app, TikTok, in the United States, the U.S. President Donald Trump officially signs the executive order against the app. On Aug. 6, Thursday, Trump gets everyone’s attention after officially banning the video-sharing app in the country, for at least 45 days.
TikTok is now officially banned!
Trump has already made his words into action. The teen-popular Chinese app TikTok is now officially banned in the country for 45 days. As first said on Fox News, Trump administration reiterated that the app poses a threat to the national security of the country, which forces the Federal committee to officially remove its access to all Americans.
“The spread [of apps controlled by the Chinese government] continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” the order reads. “The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.”
It was no longer surprising that Trump immediately signed the said E.O document. After all, POTUS has been a strong suit against the usage of the Chinese app.
“This data threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information and blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage,” added on the long E.O. document.
However, for Microsoft company, the move has been a surprising one.
How about the Microsoft-ByteDance partnership?
Over the last days, U.S-based company Microsoft has been the main nominee to partner and buy TikTok from its Chinese-company ByteDance.
It was ordered by Pres. Trump that he will only allow TikTok to operate in the country, once all the Chinese companies and people are removed within the control of the app. However, it was not yet finalized. Meaning that the option still lies on the President, whether he will let the app to be in control with the Americans, or just to let it go.
“President Trump has mentioned impending action on TikTok, and for good reason,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We want to see untrusted Chinese apps removed from us app stores.”
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella even said that he already spoke with POTUS about the clarifications about the possible acquisition. But, he was already spoken with that “there can be no assurance that a transaction which involves Microsoft will proceed.”
How will the banning takes place
According to the signed executive order, all U.S.-based companies that have been talking with ByteDance have at least 45 days or Sept. 15, to settle everything on the business side.
After the deadline, they will face sanctions once caught.
As of now, ByteDance has not yet released any statement regarding the U.S. ban. It is also unclear for now, how will this decision affect the economy of America or the Chinese government.
The U.S order may also include Chinese-app WeChat on the ban. For now, let’s wait on the next moves from China and the U.S. Who will win on this fight?