President Donald Trump threatened to ban TikTok earlier this week unless the China-based app is acquired by a US company. On Thursday, he enshrined that threat into an executive order, calling the wide use of Chinese apps a "national emergency."
"The spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People's Republic of China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States," reads the executive order. "At this time, action must be taken to address the threat posed by one mobile application in particular, TikTok."
"TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories," the order reads. "This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information --- potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage."
China has had their way for far too long. By @realDonaldTrump signing executive orders that would impose new limits on Chinese apps TikTok & WeChat, he sends a strong message that we are onto them. No more cheating and stealing on his watch. https://t.co/9TnSRChBbQ— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) August 7, 2020
President Trump has unveiled sweeping bans on U.S. transactions with the Chinese owners of WeChat and TikTok, escalating a high-stakes confrontation with Beijing over the future of the global tech industry. @davidshepardson & @alexalper report https://t.co/D4aKdht7sp— Reuters (@Reuters) August 7, 2020
BREAKING: President Trump broadly prohibits unspecified "transactions" with Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat via executive order. https://t.co/WKNFQxR9yl— The Associated Press (@AP) August 7, 2020
Trump's WeChat ban has potential to take a cleaver to US-China links - at a corporate and personal level. Here's why:— Tom Mackenzie (@TomMackenzieTV) August 7, 2020
- #US companies in China – think Starbucks, McDonalds, Disney, Apple - rely on #WeChat for payments, promotions and sales #Threadhttps://t.co/hkK15eMc0h
President Trump announced a new executive order that bans U.S. transactions with TikTok owner Bytedance and Chinese tech titan Tencent, which runs the messenger app WeChat https://t.co/B3Y96sYWpr pic.twitter.com/Y90QbUsBPl— Reuters (@Reuters) August 7, 2020