As we all know that the disputes between the US and China are increasing day by day. The Us commerce department has announced how they will enforce the shutdown of these apps TikTok and WeChat in the country. After announcing this in august to do so on two dates, September 20 and Nov 12. Both the apps and their updates will be no longer available in the US as of September 20 but still, TikTok gets an extension till November 12; and the Trump administration is strictly in favor of a ban on TikTok and WeChat in the US.
Us election is going to held on 3 November, this leaves the door open for the TikTok; To deal with the oracle and partners to take control of the US operation without any interruption in service. TikTok and WeChat ban in the US has much interference in the presidential elections in the US.
That timing, plus the statement from the department of commerce secretary Wilbur Ross; Underscores the strong political current running through the news.
“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” said Ross in a statement. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data; while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of US laws and regulations.”
The first action, starting 20 September has to do halting all the new app distribution of both WeChat ( owned by Tencent) and TikTok (owned by ByteDance). I simple words, no new downloads are allowed and no new updates; and also ban on the transfer of the funds or processing payments Within the US.
WeChat owners Tencent Response:
We are reviewing the latest announcement from the Department of Commerce restricting the use of WeChat by U.S. users; ” said a spokesperson. “WeChat that designed to serve international users outside of mainland China and has always incorporated the highest standards of user privacy and data security. Following the initial executive order on August 6; We have engaged in extensive discussions with the US. government, and have put forward a comprehensive proposal to address its concerns. The restrictions announced today are unfortunate but given our desire to provide ongoing services to our users in the US; for whom WeChat is an important communication tool. We will continue to discuss with the government and other stakeholders in the US. ways to achieve a long-term solution.
It looks like that the different dates might mean that those that have already TikTok installed by September 20 should still be able to use it.
Form that date, WeChat also will not be able to work at all within the US, forbidding any provision of internet hosting services enabling the functioning or optimizing; any provision of content delivery, internet transit or peering services, or any functions or services of the app.
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TikTok and WeChat ban US Reasons:
The ban date for TicTok and WeChat in the US is important for a couple of reasons. It firstly leaves the app up and running the run-up to the US presidential election. Many have said that trump sitting down the popular app, which has around 100 million users only in the US, but beyond that. A mush wider public following in pop culture; where TicToks are shared on the national television and across a lot of some other social channels, now could hert him with younger voters. Whether or not that really would have been the case, this seems to have knocked that problem out of his re-election calculus.
It Secondly leaves the door open for the oracle, Walmart; and the rest that consortium negotiating to take over the operation of TikTok to seal their deal without any interruption in service. The app has sound 100 million users in the country US.
The US Department of commerce is side by side with the executive order signed by President Donald Trump on August 6. Which put Bytedance and Tencent, the respective owners of TikTok and Wechat; on the notice of the government’s intention to block access to their products over purported concerns about national security.
That executive order precipitated the last few weeks of feverish deal-making to avoid a shutdown of Tictok decisions that remain ongoing and are not finalized.
As of today, Oracle and what looks like Walmart are still negotiating with the White House, Treasury Department; And ByteDance to come to a deal that will be acceptable to the president chine also has the authority to approve a sale of TikTok. Oracle and Walmart prefer to buy TikTok rather than the complete ban on TikTok in us
Clean Network Campaign
Ove the couple of last weak the administration had introduced the policy known as Clean Network. Designed to eliminate the foreign interference in the apps and the cloud interference in the infrastructure in the power of America a technology.
Clean network policy calls for the removal of certain apps and data sovereignty to onshore American user data to the united states. Mobile network infrastructure built from clean equipment; And a host of other measures to create a clean computing environment for US citizens. While those policies are generally written broadly and are directly target has been the china; based on the speeches of the administration Officials.
Ban of apps in India (TikTok)
TikTok and WeChat ban is not the removals announce over a night. In India; one of the most popular apps in the country Paytm has removed from google’s play store for repeat policy violations. The app has tens of millions of monthly users around the whole of India. Recently India also announced a list of the 59 apps developed by Chinese companies that will be ban including TikTok. India officials ays that is all done for the sake of the Indian user’s data protection.
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