The Trump administration is banning Americans from downloading popular video-sharing app TikTok and limiting the use of WeChat because of national security concerns, the Commerce Department announced on Friday.
As of midnight on Sunday, TikTok will also not be able to receive system updates, which could affect its functionality, including slowing down the app, but the app’s current version will still work for American users. Over time, however, TikTok may stop working altogether.
Talks are still underway among parties including software company Oracle and Walmart to come up with a plan to rescue TikTok, which has more than 100 million users in the U.S. and 700 million globally.
According to the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross who says,
“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” Ross said in a statement.
TikTok, in a statement, called the Trump administration’s action “unjust” and vowed to keep to fighting the order in federal court.
“In our proposal to the US Administration, we’ve already committed to unprecedented levels of additional transparency and accountability well beyond what other apps are willing to do, including third-party audits, verification of code security, and US government oversight of US data security,” a TikTok spokesperson said. “Further, an American technology provider would be responsible for maintaining and operating the TikTok network in the US, which would include all services and data serving US consumers.”
“TikTok was never a national security risk. In many ways, an app like TikTok is better than most apps in that they don’t sell user data to third parties. That actually may end when Oracle gets involved given their work in digital marketing,” Martin said.
“It’s a very dangerous precedent to send around the world: that the United States is acting like the Chinese do. In a democracy, we should have rules that are fairly applied and adjudicated by the judicial branch, not just by fiat by the president,” Stamos said. “These are speech platforms. So there’s a lot of thorny issues here.”
“We invite Facebook and Instagram to publicly join our challenge and support our litigation,” Pappas wrote on Twitter. “This is a moment to put aside our competition and focus on core principles like freedom of expression and due process of law.”
Here are some of reaction from the US citizens on twitter
“No thanks! US is better off without you, Tiktok does not offer America anything good. Don’t compare it to Facebook or Instagram”
“everyone wanting tiktok to get banned don’t actually use the app”