US President Donald Trump signs an “Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok”, and a similar order was signed to combat the “threat” of the Chinese mobile application WeChat. This was announced by the White House.
The executive order come into force 45 days after signing. They impose a ban on any transactions with the companies that own the applications ByteDance and Tencent.
In orders, TikTok and WeChat are identified as a threat to US national security, economy and politics.
Apps are said to collect user information, including location data and search history.
TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.
Trump also accused the app of censoring content.
Earlier, the US President said that Microsoft or another American company must buy TikTok by September 15, otherwise the application will be banned in the country.
Microsoft has confirmed it will continue to negotiate the purchase of the app.