Say Goodbye to TikTok
After the news that countries like India banned the popular social app TikTok, many wondered what country would be next to pull the trigger. There were rumors and potential that the US was going to be the next major country to ban the popular app. Not helped by the fact that apps like TikTok have been under fire recently for issues with privacy and security concerns, particularly across China.
TikTokers on their way to polls in November , after Trump banned TikTok: #tiktokban #TikTok pic.twitter.com/6PQjSCruGx
— Rosa Parks’ Burner Account (@Rosasburner) August 1, 2020
Now, in late July of 2020, President of the United States, Donald Trump, may have become the next leader to pull the plug on TikTok. During a flight on the Air Force One Donald Trump made some very candid comments concerning the Chinese owned app was concerned.
“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States. Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that.”
This news comes shortly after the news that tech giant Microsoft was considering acquiring the TikTok app. So if there was an issue and concern for security, they may have forced Trump’s hand in the matter.
A History of Issues
TikTok is just one of many foreign tech entities to find themselves in major trouble over the course of the last few years. Smartphone manufacturers like Hauwei and ZTE were banned from US sales in a move made by the Pentagon. Specifically when it came to anyone with military clearance or connections. Something that made a lot of people look more closely into the concerns raised by the Pentagon.
Additionally, this marks another increase in tension between the US and China over the course of the last year. Recently, the US closed the Chinese consulate in Houstan TX, prompting a lot of stress to spring up between the two nations. Shortly after this, China then closed the US consulate in Chengdu, which has done nothing to alleviate concerns.
Throughout the last year, the US Government has warned any officials on using Chinese backed tech. Citing that concerns over security and potential information theft was too much of a risk.
One thing’s for sure, if we wake up to a world where TikTok is no longer supported, it’s going to be a strange change of pace for some of us. For everyone else, it’s just a time to read about it and make your own decisions.
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