Tech & Science Trump does not rule out banning the TikTok application in the United States

23:19  31 july  2020
23:19  31 july  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Trump goes to war with Tiktok: why?

 Trump goes to war with Tiktok: why? © Provided by Gentside Trump goes to war against Tiktok: why? "Regarding tiktok, we are going to ban it in the United States". Donald Trump - 07.31.2020 While Emmanuel Macron has just opened an account on Tiktok , Donald Trump announces his wish to ban the application. The United States has even launched an official investigation, to ensure that Tiktok does not pose a risk to national security. But the fate of the application on American soil seems sealed.

USA-CHINA-TIKTOK: Trump does not rule out banning the TikTok application in the United States


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump said on Friday he was exploring various options, including an outright ban, on TikTok, the company's video app Chinese ByteDance which is causing concern in the United States in the run-up to the November 3 presidential election.

"We are watching TikTok. We could ban TikTok. We could do other things," the US president told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to Florida.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the federal administration could force ByteDance to sell its activities in the United States.

For Washington, TikTok must be sold or blocked

 For Washington, TikTok must be sold or blocked © Martin BUREAU President Donald Trump declared to "ban" TikTok in the United States on July 31, 2020 TikTok must be sold or blocked in the United States because of concerns for national security, warned US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday after two days of threats and pressure against the international social network of the Chinese group ByteDance. The platform "cannot exist as it is," he said during an interview on the ABC channel.

ByteDance has already received offers from some of its investors, Sequoia and General Atlantic, with a view to selling a majority of TikTok's shares which would value the application at around fifty billion dollars, a Reuters revealed on Wednesday.

Microsoft has engaged in exploratory discussions for a takeover, we learned Friday from a source close to the matter, confirming the interest of the American computer giant revealed by the New York Times.

The application for creating short videos with a lot of special effects is the heir to the video application Musical.ly, bought in 2017 by ByteDance for a billion dollars.

TikTok, very popular with teenagers, is in the crosshairs of American politicians fearing that it weighs on the ballot and worried about the respect of private data.

"We will not move": the American head of TikTok responds to Donald Trump who threatens to ban the Chinese application

 With a smile, Vanessa Pappas who represents TikTok in the United States does not allow herself to be intimidated by Donald Trump and does not no lack of arguments. © DR With a smile, Vanessa Pappas, who represents TikTok in the United States, does not allow herself to be intimidated by Donald Trump and does not lack arguments. As the presidential elections approach, Donald Trump continues to do everything to assert his power and has announced the close closure of TikTok.

In a letter unveiled this week, a group of prominent Republican senators including Florida elected Marco Rubio and his Arkansas colleague Tom Cotton asked the administration to look into the phenomenon.

They accuse TikTok of censoring certain content and fear that the Chinese Communist Party will use its control over the application "to distort or manipulate political rhetoric in order to sow discord among Americans and obtain the electoral result it discount".

TikTok has been managed since last spring by the American Kevin Mayer, a former Disney executive who participated in the launch of the Disney + platform.

A spokesperson for TikTok said the video app has a very strict disinformation policy and added that moderation of content on the site, carried out by a California-based team, is not subject to the influence of any government.

Kevin Mayer said the company was following U.S. laws and would allow experts to observe its moderation practices and review the code that governs its algorithms.

Last month, TikTok users said they partially "sabotaged" Donald Trump's Tulsa meeting, which was to symbolize the re-launch of the incumbent president's campaign but did not draw the expected crowds. They mobilized to register online, blocking some of the places without ever having intended to go.

(Nandita Bose and Alexandra Alper with Echo Wang in New York; French version Claude Chendjou and Henri-Pierre André)

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