President Trump announced late last week an executive order banning the popular Asian social media phone application, TikTok in 45 days due to concerns over compromise of national security from the Chinese Communist Party.
Known for its home-made dance videos among teenage users and a nifty platform for emerging artists, the app has been downloaded in the States over 175 million times. Worries of American users’ private information falling into the wrong hands overseas, Chinese censorship and Communist propaganda, blackmail and espionage were all concerns President Trump listed. Through the enactments of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act the prohibition of TikTok takes place in 45 days from the time of President Trump’s executive order.
“The Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, and the United States Armed Forces have already banned the use of TikTok on Federal Government phones,” the statement said. Also referenced in the statement, a similar measure India took with TikTok when India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology discovered unauthorized actions by the social media company. According to the Indian department, TikTok was stealing users data and transmitting them to servers outside of India’s borders.
Tech gadget giant, Microsoft Corporation recently teased the purchase of TikTok in the near future. Microsoft plans to meet with ByteDance Ltd., TikTok’s creator no later than September 15, to discuss transfer options. According to its recent blog post, “Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns. Among other measures, Microsoft would ensure that all private data of TikTok’s American users is transferred to and remains in the United States. To the extent that any such data is currently stored or backed-up outside the United States, Microsoft would ensure that this data is deleted from servers outside the country after it is transferred.” As of July 22nd, Microsoft’s revenue increased 13 percent compared to last year.