On August 6, 2020, President Donald trump, in his letter to the speaker of the House of representatives and the President of the Senate on countering the threat from TikTok, presented facts that, in his opinion, pose a threat to the national security of the country under the international emergency economic powers Act and the National emergency law.

 

All this data is reflected in an Administrative order that launches additional measures regarding information and communication technologies by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd and Its Tiktok application.

 

 

In addition, another Chinese app, WeChat, owned by Tencent, also poses a threat to the economy and national security.

The key points of the President’s address are as follows:

– automatic selection of arrays of user information;

– access to personal and confidential information of Americans (which could potentially give China the ability to track the whereabouts of Federal employees and contractors, create dossiers with personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage;

– censorship of politically sensitive content (for example, regarding protests in Hong Kong, the situation of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China);

– possible misinformation in favor of China’s policy.

 

And US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo also said that the leadership of the media social network is engaged in propaganda, collecting and transmitting data to China.

 

That is, given that the document specifies a period of 45 days – Microsoft, which negotiated the purchase of the app, it makes sense to hurry up within the deadline specified by the President.

 

In the meantime, the app is currently prohibited from being used by employees of the state Department and us military personnel.

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