LAST MINUTE: China threatens US after TikTok and WeChat ban



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  • After the decision of the US Government to ban TikTok and WeChat in the country, China reacted
  • The popular mobile applications of China, are object of ‘rigidity’ between the governments of both countries
  • China wants the US government to retract such a decision

As a result of the US government led by Trump decided to block and ban the TikTok and WeChat applications throughout the country as of this Sunday, China has now issued a threat.

China sent a blunt release to the White House asking the US to retract the decision and reconsider its measure against TikTok and WeChat.

As reported by the Reform Agency, the Asian country accuses the US of doing ‘harm to the rights and interests of TikTok and WeChat’, Business that have grown exponentially in recent months.

And they were very emphatic in ensuring that the decision of the US Government is about intimidation and that if they do not reconsider, China will act to adopt the measures required to protect the rights of the affected companies.

It all started with the popularity of TikTok and WeChat on the quarantine of this 2020 caused by the coronavirus, whose number of users increased a lot.

To the above, Trump responded by accusing that the two applications seized the personal data of users in the US, so as of this Sunday he will ban them.

Just a few days ago, it was announced that TikTok had been bought by the Oracle company, due to a dispute with Microsoft to acquire the famous video application.

The order of the Trump government despite the threat from China was that as of this weekend, no application store such as Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store, will be able to make available to users the download of TikTok or of WeChat, which will also be restricted from economic and file transfer operations.

Against opponents, Trump assured that both TikTok and WeChat were used by China to “threaten” and “compromise” the country’s national security, economy and even foreign policy.

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China threatens US TikTok WeChat (Twitter)

China threatens US after TikTok and WeChat ban

Will these two applications end in the country? The government will restrict the use of TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday in the United States.

The AP news agency reported on Friday that the United States will restrict the use of Chinese applications TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday, with a total ban on the latter, citing national security and data privacy concerns.

According to AP, a total ban on the use of TikTok would be implemented on November 12, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said this Friday morning on the Fox Business Network program that access to that application could be possible if by then they are Certain safeguards are in place.

“Under the direction of the President, we have taken significant steps to combat the malicious collection of personal data of American citizens, while promoting our national values, democratic norms, and aggressive enforcement of American laws and regulations,” Ross said in a statement prepared and quoted by AP.

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The government order also raises questions about the recent agreement by California-based tech giant Oracle to take control of TikTok’s operations in the United States, a requirement the Trump administration established for the app to continue operating in the United States. the country.

The details of the agreement between Oracle and TikTok were imprecise at best. Oracle was one of several bidders, including Microsoft and Walmart, to buy TikTok’s US operations, AP detailed.

Oracle, in its confirmation that it was the winning bidder on Monday, did not refer to the deal as a sale or acquisition and instead indicated that it was chosen as TikTok’s “trusted technology provider”.

It is not clear at the moment which assets, if any, Oracle would actually acquire.

The AP mentioned that some security experts have raised concerns that ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would maintain access to the information of 100 million users of the application in the United States, creating a potential danger to national security. .

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AP recalled that, like most social networks, TikTok collects data from users and moderates their publications. It collects their location and messages, as well as tracking what they see, to figure out the best way to target ads for them.

Due to the controversy with TikTok, similar concerns have emerged around social networks based in the United States, such as Facebook and Twitter, but the Chinese ownership adds an extra inconvenience, because the Chinese government could order companies to help it. collect intelligence information.

TikTok assured that it does not store the data of US users in China and that it would not hand over personal data to governments, but experts point out that Chinese authorities can obtain any information they want from companies in the Asian country.

For its part, the Efe news agency also reported this coming the ban on TikTok and WeChat ordered by the United States government.

China threatens US after TikTok and WeChat ban

The restrictions imposed will prohibit the transfer of funds or the processing of payments through WeChat within the United States as of Sunday, and the similar restrictions that affect TikTok will take effect on November 12, Efe noted.

Efe added that on several occasions, President Trump has assured that TikTok, one of the social networks that has grown the most in recent years, poses a “threat” to the national security of the United States and seeks to force its sale to a US company .

“These measures prove, once again, that President Trump will do everything he can to ensure our national security and protect Americans from threats from the Chinese Communist Party,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

“On the instructions of the President, we have taken significant steps to combat the malicious Chinese collection of personal data of US citizens, while promoting our national values, rule-based democratic norms, and determined enforcement of US laws and regulations.” added Ross, quoted by Efe.

According to the aforementioned news agency, these companies, according to the Commerce Department, are active participants in China’s combination of civil and military activities and are subject to mandatory cooperation with the intelligence services of the Chinese Communist Party.

On Thursday, a federal judge heard arguments from WeChat users who have filed a lawsuit against the ban, but there was no immediate ruling.

China threatens US after TikTok and WeChat ban

In their argumentation of the case, on Wednesday, Justice Department attorneys said the government will not take legal action against individuals using WeChat “to communicate personal or business information between users,” but the plaintiffs said that does not clarify what activities will be specifically prohibited.

The Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Steven Mnuchin, announced on Monday that his government would review in the Foreign Investment Committee the agreement reached between Oracle and the Chinese ByteDance, owner of TikTok, in a way that guarantees the protection of the data of the Americans and their phones.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs opposes the forced sale of TikTok, an operation that in its opinion violates the principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The Chinese government sees the intention to sell TikTok as one more chapter in the trade war between Beijing and Washington, which tries to contain the growing technological power of the Asian giant, which has already seen how the telecommunications firm Huawei has had to face restrictions, as well as the popular social network WeChat, owned by digital conglomerate Tencent, Efe explained.

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