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Trump Makes TikTok Ban Official, Takes Aim At WeChat, Tencent In Latest Broadside

Donald Trump made it official on Thursday evening. He signed an executive order aimed at compelling ByteDance to divest TikTok, which will be subject to a US ban within weeks. "Additional steps must be taken to deal with the national emergency with respect to the information and communications technology and services supply chain", the order reads, sensationalizing the situation for maximum effect. "The spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in China continues to threaten national security, foreign policy, and [the] economy", Trump goes on to declare. Read more: Trump To Drop Hammer On TikTok As Microsoft Said To Show Interest Remember, we're talking about a short video app. That's not to suggest there aren't legitimate national security concerns (there clearly are), but there's something undeniably humorous about reading the language employed in the order and then juxtaposing it with the content you'd typically find on TikTok. Trump continues, elaborating on what he characterizes as a grave threat: At this time, action must be taken to address the threat posed by one mobile application in particular, TikTok. TikTok automatically c
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3 comments on “Trump Makes TikTok Ban Official, Takes Aim At WeChat, Tencent In Latest Broadside

  1. Mr. Dog says:

    I’d like to see Tencent’s pressure to remove the Japanese and Taiwanese flags from Maverick’s jacket in Top Gun 2 reversed. It seems like a small issue, but there’s something about a movie about America’s military being censored by China that really doesn’t sit right with me.

  2. Mr. Lucky says:

    Facebook also gathers huge amounts of information about Americans. Where’s the threat aimed at them? And when is the Congress finally going to rise up and muzzle the man who would be king? The POTUS is clearly executing a coups d’etat by removing a whole branch of the government. Enough already. He’s not making America great again. He’s making it disappear.

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