TikTok political trickery, Trump attempt to divert the epidemic prevention measures
Why is a short video social software popular with global users, especially young users, forced to sell or ban? Is this a choice TikTok must accept when facing the US market? Is a piece of software really dangerous to the national security of the United States? How will TikTok in the storm choose and respond?
TikTok in the storm
Either be banned or forced to sell. Is this a choice that TikTok must accept in the United States?
“Completely banned, who did TikTok provoke?” This past weekend, many people were asking similar questions. On Friday, local time in the United States, US President Trump issued such a threat.
US President Trump
We are paying attention to TikTok, we may disable TikTok, we may also take other measures, there are many options, but many things are in progress, so we wait for what will happen next.
Trump told reporters that TikTok will be banned from operating in the United States, as early as August 1, and he hinted that he will not support American companies to acquire TikTok. According to U.S. media reports, such remarks caused the recent acquisition negotiations between Microsoft and TikTok, the parent company of the United States, to be deadlocked. At the same time, the general manager of TikTok America also stated on August 1 that “TikTok will not leave.”
Vanessa Pappas, general manager of TikTok America: I want to thank the millions of American users who use TikTok every day for bringing creativity and happiness to our daily lives. We feel your support, we want to say thank you, we will not go anywhere.
Subsequently, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin stated in an interview with the media on August 2 that the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment, under his chairmanship, after reviewing TikTok’s business, unanimously agreed that TikTok cannot remain in its current form because it may leak Information on 100 million American users. Mnuchin said that he negotiated with the leaders of both houses of Congress that TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, must be forced to sell it or ban the app in the United States.
Because it is possible to leak US user information, either banned or forced to sell, this is the logic of the US government against a Chinese company.
CNN quoted cybersecurity experts as reporting that the allegations that TikTok threatens US security are largely theoretical, and there is no evidence that China has used TikTok user data.
A report on the US “Atlantic Monthly” website titled “Why the United States Is Afraid of TikTok” stated that the US government’s fear of TikTok is based on speculation and there is no substantive evidence. The author of the article said that when he was interviewing US Senator Josh Holly, who strongly advocated the threat of TikTok, Holly repeatedly emphasized that TikTok is a “company from China”, as if “this reason is enough”. Not only the media, but many American users have also initiated the online topic “Save TikTok” (#SaveTiktok) to express their attitude.
American TikTok users: Tiktok is a place full of positive energy. Many of us use it to express ourselves and build connections with others. I don’t think anyone feels unsafe with it. We use it again and again, get inspired, get better, and feel better.
Yes, there is no evidence, just because it is a Chinese company, it must accept such accusations.