Donald Trump bans TikTok on Sunday
Donald Trump has decided to keep his guard up against China. He had previously alluded to the ban on popular video apps TikTok. TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. However, he also suggested that the company could reverse this move if a US company agrees to buy its US operations. However, that road was a losing battle and Trump has now decided to stop downloading and maintaining TikTok. Trump will likely go ahead with the ban on Sunday, which will heat up the cold war between China and the US.
Commerce Department issues statement on TikTok pending ban from Donald Trump
The United States Department of Commerce issued a statement suggesting the ban. The announcement comes after Trump decides to ban TikTok next Sunday. It reads:
“Under the direction of the President, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of personal data from US citizens, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based standards and aggressive enforcement of US laws and regulations.”
Trump is undoubtedly willing to face what China has to offer in response.
TikTok is disappointed with the ban on Donald Trump
TikTok also released a statement expressing its disappointment with the US ban. The company tried every opportunity, including the sale of the US operations, but it didn’t go too far. Moreover, it also made it very clear that they are looking the legal route to put themselves back on the smartphones of US citizens. The statement read:
“We would continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was issued without due process and which threatens to rob the American people and small businesses in the US of an important platform for both a voice and their livelihood.”
TikTok is asking Facebook and Instagram to join their protest
Facebook and Instagram are TikTok’s competitors. The company asked its competitors, both of whom come under Mark Zuckerberg, to publicly participate in their protest. Mark may see this as the perfect opportunity to remove his competitor and not go against the government.