Aug 24, 2020 App News
Donald Trump, The President of the United States has for a long time had a thing against China and its administration - or honestly anything made from or in China. Huawei was banned, shut down and sanctioned against by the US so to slow its growth or completely halt it (both of which didn’t happen). Then he came for Chinese apps, with the reason that they are selling the data of US users to the Chinese Government, ultimately posing a threat to the security of the country. TikTok was the first and the biggest app to face a ban, as Trump signed an executive order against the Chinese based app - ordering it to shut down in the US or to sell its services to Microsoft in the US.
However, the Chinese social media app was not ready to back down, as it has fought back, and sued the US government for abusing their power. The main reason for the lawsuit by TikTok was that the government has been actively ignoring all the efforts being made by the app to defend their case, as well as going the extra mile to ensure the safety of users’ data in the US by storing it on American and Singaporean servers. Moreover, the CEO and Chief Security Officer of TikTok are both Americans in the US, so they don’t have to worry about China imposing their laws on them. There were several other things mentioned by TikTok, as it all was neglected by the US government.
This is what the Chinese app had to say:
“With the Executive Order threatening to bring a ban on our US operations — eliminating the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment, connection, and legitimate livelihoods that are vital especially during the pandemic — we simply have no choice,”
It seems clear that TikTok is doing all it can to satisfy the US government and their accusations on them - but that won’t take away from the fact that they have a mountain of a task ahead of them to fight the President in American courts. The US President not only signed an executive order against TikTok, but also WeChat and Tencent - both of which are giants in the Chinese market.