Tech & Science Trump goes to war with Tiktok: why?
"I have this power": Trump wants to ban Chinese video platform TikTok
© picture alliance / dpa The US President Trump announced a ban on the video platform TikTok in his country. US President Donald Trump wants to ban the international video platform TikTok in his country. "As far as TikTok is concerned, we are banishing her from the United States," Trump said on Friday evening (local time) journalists who were traveling in his government aircraft Air Force One. "Well, I have this power.
"Regarding tiktok, we are going to ban it in the United States". Donald Trump - 07.31.2020
WhileTIKTOK, a means of espionage? , 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. Why ?
US officials suspect China of using Tiktok as a means of espionage. They warn about the opportunity given to the Chinese government to recover the confidential data of users of the social network.
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.
TIKTOK, propaganda tool?
Republican elected officials are worried about the use of Tiktok as a means of communication to carry out pro-Chinese propaganda. They think that the strong enthusiasm of young people for this platform is a Trojan horse to be able to expose young Americans to messages from Beijing.Tiktok's response
Tiktok, and its parent company Bytedance, deny such practices. They openly proclaimed the transparency of their algorithm and their independence. In addition, Tiktok justifies that its General Manager, Kevin Mayer, previously director of video on demand at Disney, is American.We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, and we would not if asked. A spokesperson for Tiktok What is Trump looking for? Is this a new media stunt 3 months before the election as the president lags behind in the polls against his Democratic opponent Joe Biden? Is this a way to put pressure to force the sale of the social network to an American fund (as some American media indicate)? Is it revenge because Tiktok is used by young progressives opposed to Trump, a few months before the election? Elsewhere in the world
On June 30, India banned Tiktok to "ensure the security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace". It must be said that India and China are experiencing an escalation of tension on their Himalayan border. These tensions have resulted in the banning of 59 Chinese applications on Indian soil, in addition to military reinforcement and renewed violence in the Ladakh region.
Pakistan has threatened the ban on the application in view of certain videos deemed subversive. The country is a very conservative Muslim country and judges some content as "immoral, obscene and vulgar". They direct Tiktok to remove this content.
Tiktok is definitely experiencing a complicated deconfinement. Last June,scandal caused bad press on the social network, denouncing threats and harassments via the application.
USA: Trump threatens to send the National Guard to Portland .
USA-DEMONSTRATIONS-TRUMP-PORTLAND: USA: Trump threatens to send the National Guard to Portland © Reuters / Caitlin Ochs USA: TRUMP THREATS TO SEND THE NATIONAL GUARD IN PORTLAND WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump threatened Thursday to send the National Guard to Portland to end the clashes that have been going on for several weeks between law enforcement and anti-racism protesters, as police have took over from federal agents to protect a downtown federal court.