US President, Donald Trump has taken the next step in banning Tik Tok in America, signing an executive order banning the video app alongside WeChat also among US residents.
The executive order will go into effect in 45 days, meaning that the ban will effectively take place in September.
There has been a lot of confusion around the reasoning behind Trump’s decision. The reason behind the app coming under fire is because it puts national security under a possible threat, particularly when it comes to data collection. As TikTok is a Chinese owned app, Trump has declared it a “significant threat” as there is a growing distrust between Washinton and Beijing. Trump believes that Chinese apps and telecom firms can access sensitive information about US citizens and businesses.
Speaking about the ban recently, Trump said:
“To protect our nation, I took action to address the threat posed by one mobile application, TikTok. Further action is needed to address a similar threat posed by another mobile application, WeChat.”
This is a huge blow to many Americans, as the app has around 100 million users in the US, with so many of it’s biggest stars preparing to lose their platforms and following.
Some of the app’s biggest stars include people like Dixie D’Amelio and Addison Rae, while 16-year-old Charli D’Amelio the apps most popular user, with 77 million followers, and counting.
Many people have slammed Trumps decision to ban the app, pointing out that in the run up to the 2020 election, it seems that Trump is using his challenge of China as a central theme to gain votes. Paul Triolo, global technology policy at Eurasia Group believes that Trumps challenging of the app shows the US’s attempt to curb China’s power when it comes to global technology.
“This is yet another watershed moment in the US-China technology cold war here where the US government is targeting these two very popular Chinese apps and basically saying they have national security problems,” he said.
“It shows the depth of the US concern.”
Luckily for us in Ireland, the US’s choice to ban the app does not affect our use of it, however, if any of the people you follow on it are US based, you may not see videos from them anymore come September.
A further update on whether the app will be bought over by a US company before the 45-day waiting period ends is yet to be given, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated in the meantime.