Post Pandemic Measures against China
After world getting caught in this pandemic, hitting economies of various countries. Although US president has been stating Covid-19 as CHINESE VIRUS (clarifying that it comes from China (in a mocker). Every country has been fed up with this pandemic. In recent news as a response of Chinese Military intrusion in Indian Territory, India banned 59 Applications having Links of breaching data to China.
US Following India?
In the wake of all the conditions prevalent in the world, President Donald Trump gave indications that his administration is looking forward to ban the short video app Tik-Tok in US. It is considered as one of the way to retaliate China over its handling of the coronavirus.
Trump’s comments on the issue came on Tuesday, one day after Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said to the press that officials were looking at barring the app, whose parent company is China based ByteDance Ltd.
Trump stated that this what we are looking at, when asked in an interview with Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren about Pompeo’s remarks. Clearly, stating that, “It’s a big business. Look, what happened with China with this coronavirus, what they’ve done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful.”
No Clear Insights, But in Process
Though Trump did not offer any specifics about a potential decision that may be approaching. He said that banning Tik-Tok is “one of many” ways he is looking to hit back at the Beijing government over the coronavirus issue. This virus which has infected nearly 3 million people in the U.S. and killed more than 130,000, is not that can be spared.
Trump Thinking of another Term?
The president recently has seen his poll numbers for elections in disguise as his own response to the pandemic has come under widespread criticism, including for his refusal to unequivocally urge Americans to wear masks. He also stated in his press meets that this is a widespread virus, we need to live with it.
Tik-Tok CEO a American
Tik-Tok played up its U.S. ties and said it doesn’t feed any type of user data to China anymore, pushing back against comments by Pompeo, who said the government was weighing a ban soon in part over concerns about its ownership which is based in China itself.
A company spokesperson said that Tik-Tok is led by a CEO of American nationality, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy applied here in the US. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government till date, nor would we do so if asked for it. Clearly stating their moral ethics.
Tik-Tok recently a month back hired former Walt Disney Co. executive Kevin Mayer as chief executive officer. He also serves as chief operating officer of ByteDance of China.
US Thoughts about Banning Tik-Tok
Calling attention to India’s recent bigger move to ban almost 59 Chinese apps, including Tik-Tok and Shareit, host of Fox News, Laura Ingraham asked Pompeo whether the Trump administration would also consider banning the app in the U.S. or not. Pompeo responded that they are certainly looking at it.
He then recommended Americans to not download the app at all. If they still want to see their private information to fall in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party, a threat to sovereignty.
Pompeo joining hands with Senators Marco Rubio and Chuck Schumer, who have called for investigations of Tik-Tok over possible threats to national security of US. The U.S. government has also launched a national security assessment of ByteDance’s acquisition of Musical.ly, a startup that later merged with Tik-Tok.
Trump’s Rally Acquisitions
Many young people are spreading info through Tik-Tok is cited as one of the reason many people signed up to attend Trump’s first post-shutdown campaign rally last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but then didn’t show up, clearly a mock. The Trump campaign denied the online organizing effort contributed to lower-thanexpected attendance of the rally.
In the US, Tik-Tok has been downloaded more than 165 million times, not the count of users, according to SensorTower estimates now. Tik-Tok has denied allegations that it poses a threat to U.S. national security, and selling data to China.
Tik-Tok trying hard to not be Banned in US
Tik-Tok said on Monday, in a public show of support for protecting user data from the Chinese government. It would cease operations in Hong Kong over a national security law that compels social media apps to hand over user data to Beijing itself. Tik-Tok operates a separate version of its app in China called Douyin, separating it from others, but parent company being the ByteDance.