TikTok, Sequencing with India banning, now the US government also looking to ban TikTok in the US nation. Previously, officials of the US government claimed that TikTok may give rise to a serious threat to national security and risk for the users’ data. Consequently, a major step updated on Friday came when the US Department of Commerce said that by Sunday it would ban Americans from downloading TikTok and WeChat as they are Chinese-owned apps becoming a threat to national security.
The decision to control and check TikTok and WeChat in the United States goes beyond social media and it is the only result of the cold war going in between China and the US. It’s a big decision from the official and the after-effect will have major geopolitical conclusions, as the United States and China move further apart under the administration of Donald Trump. The US government has also been organizing a long campaign against China’s Huawei, which used to make smartphones and is considered as a leading manufacturer of equipment for 5G wireless networks. Posing similar spying concerns, the official administration of Donald Trump has pushed allies to go with other 5G equipment vendors and cutting off the Huawei’s access to US technological system, including crucial computer chips also.
As per the official statement of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the massive decision to ban Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat is taken out after the direction of President Donald Trump. This significant action has been taken to combat China’s malicious aggregation of American citizens’ personal data.
The Trump administration claimed it’s concerned that this globally popular app could be used as a spying tool by Chinese official authorities against the USA. Authorities also have a threat that it could be leveraged to gather personal data on US citizens or to censor any lecture deemed sensitive by the government officials.
TikTok has already been rejected all those allegations of any threat to the national security of the US. According to the company, its data centers are located extremely outside of China, and that none of that data is provided to Chinese law. Some experts think the proposed deal could come forward on the ground because of Trump’s ties to co-founder Larry Ellison, who is a supporter of the president.