President Trump said he will take action (finally) as soon as early August to ban TikTok, the (un)popular Chinese-owned app. The President plans to announce a decision ordering China’s ByteDance to divest its ownership of the popular U.S.-based music-video app TikTok. The time-wasting app that rose to fame as the #1 free app on both Android and Apple stores is finally getting banned after a tense week in political relations between the United States and China.
4WAVE had a article previously stating how other governments are already banning the app that has been the source of national security and censorship concerns. Trump’s comments came after rumors that Microsoft is in talks to buy the goofy app, but nothing official reported as of July 2020. The U.S. has been investigating potential national security risks due to the company’s control of the app.
ByteDance is a Chinese technology company operating several AI-enabled content platforms. ByteDance launched TickTok in 2017, then bought the video service Musicl.ly; which was very popular with teens in the US and Europe, and combined the two. It is reportedly worth over $100 billion as of 2020; with TikTok valued at $50 billion.
As TikTok grew more popular, U.S. officials grew more concerned about the potential for the Chinese government to use the app to gain data on U.S. citizens. Trump said earlier this July of 2020 that he was considering banning TikTok as a way to retaliate against China for its handling of the coronavirus. Some embassies saw closures on both sides which was seen as a built up of tension that TikTok was going to be part of. TikTok has been looking for other ways to distance itself from its Chinese ownership, seeking to reassure its millions of users and the public that no data is stored on its Chinese Servers and that the app operates independently; at least here in the States. ByteDance went as far as appointing a CEO formerly of Walt Disney, Kevin Mayer, to run its operations in The US.