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It's official: TikTok app is banned from the United States

Several weeks after the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said they were evaluating the security situation with the Chinese app, President Donald Trump signed an emergency act to ban it from the country. Read more below!

  • The International Emergency Economic Powers Act allows the country to block transactions with companies that might pose a threat to national security.
  • Bytedance and other Chinese mobile apps like WeChat and Riot Games are banned as of September 20th.
  • TikTok is valued at $50 billion and has800 million users worldwide.

Only in the United States, the app has been downloaded over 175 million times. According to the authorities, there is a great risk of information compilation such as location and browser history. This allows that the Chinese Communist Party enters the privacy of the American population and could eventually, spy on government employees and steal commercial and military secrets.

The order says that it "threatens national security, foreign policy and the economy of the country". The White House accuses the Asian country to spread disinformation campaigns through their apps and to monitor Chinese-Americans that are living "free" for the first time in their lives.

Executive Order

The period until September gives time for an American company to buy it, for example Microsoft, who showed their interest in acquiring the tech giant.

Bruno Wahrmann Lockhart

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