The United States of America Government, US Commerce Department has banned the downloads of TikTok starting this Sunday, September 20. However, the current users will still be able to access the app.
The US Commerce Department took this action due to national security concerns. Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross discussed the move in a recent appearance on FOX Business. The move will not stop people from using the app just yet.
“The only real change as of Sunday night will be (TikTok users) won’t have access to improved apps, updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance.”
“The basic TikTok will stay intact until November 12. If there’s not a deal by November 12 under the provisions of the old order, then TikTok would also be, for all practical purposes, shut down.”
Meanwhile, Regulators are currently debating whether to approve a deal that would see US tech company Oracle purchase a restructured TikTok from the Chinese-owned ByteDance. The deadline for the deal is November 12. Until then, both Apple and Google will be forced to stop offering TikTok downloads on their app stores.
The Trump administration has crusaded against TikTok in recent months due to data security concerns amidst an escalating trade war with China. On August 6, President Trump issued an executive order giving ByteDance 45 days to sell TikTok or shut down.
See what Donald Trump wrote about it;
“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.”
The main reason for this action is that the operation of TikTok has huge implications for major labels, which have found the popular video app to be a powerful promotional tool for songs and artists.
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