US Goes To Ban TikTok In A Month, In Time For Facebook Analog Launch

As we previously reported, the White House is considering blacklisting TikTok, which would effectively ban Americans from using the popular video app, which is touted as a concern for Americans’ personal data that could go to the Chinese government.

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As reported by the Financial Times, citing three informants from the Trump administration, it was proposed to include ByteDance (TikTok’s Chinese parent company) on the list of banned organizations of the Department of Commerce, where Huawei is already languishing. This move will make it extremely difficult for US companies to interact with TikTok. The restrictions will include software, which means Apple and other app stores will no longer be able to redistribute the software.

The official said the Donald Trump administration will issue a conclusion within a month: “We’re going to send a very strong message to China.”… The administration is aware that TikTok is popular with the public, and therefore is thinking about how to allow people to use the application, while excluding the possibility of China’s access to people’s private data.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently said the US is considering banning the app for security reasons. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese technology company headquartered in Beijing. American politicians have voiced concerns about TikTok’s Chinese roots for months. And US President Donald Trump said the ban is being considered in retaliation for China’s COVID-19.

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The administration is also allegedly contemplating passing the Emergency Economic Powers Act 1977, which would treat TikTok as an “unusual and extreme threat” to US national or economic security. The White House will not comment on these new messages.

Interestingly, news recently surfaced that Facebook is also about to launch Instagram Reels in about a month, the US response to TikTok. The launch will allegedly take place in the United States, and the service will be deployed in more than 50 other countries within a few weeks. The software has been developed for over a year. Like TikTok, Instagram Reels allows users to create and share 15 second video clips with a vast catalog of music. Users can also take and remix audio from other people’s videos; some clips go viral and appear in the Featured Reels section among the most popular.

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