Tech & Science United States. The increasingly uncertain future of the TikTok application

09:41  02 august  2020
09:41  02 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

The United States could ban Chinese social networks, including TikTok

 The United States could ban Chinese social networks, including TikTok © LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP The logo of the TikTok social network application, on the screen of a tablet. (ILLUSTRATION) The United States is considering banning Chinese social networking applications, such as TikTok. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said so on Monday, July 6. The announcement comes against a backdrop of new tensions between the two countries.

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The United States has been increasingly scrutinizing app developers over the personal data they handle, especially if some of it involves U . S . military or intelligence personnel. Ordering the divestment of TikTok would not be the first time the White House has taken action over such concerns.

Donald Trump s'oppose au rachat de la plateforme Tik Tok par le groupe Microsoft. © Martin BUREAU / AFP Donald Trump is opposed to the takeover of the Tik Tok platform by the Microsoft group.

At war for several weeks with the Tik Tok platform that he suspects of acting for the benefit of China, Donald Trump is opposed to its acquisition by the Microsoft group.

Negotiations between Microsoft and TikTok were at a standstill on Saturday, according to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), because of the opposition of President Donald Trump to a takeover by an American group of the application that 'he threatens to ban.

The US platform, which is owned by Chinese group ByteDance, is suspected by Washington of sharing its data with Beijing, which the company has always firmly denied.

TikTok: this country in which 100 million people use the application ... where it is now prohibited

 TikTok: this country in which 100 million people use the application ... where it is now prohibited The TikTok application has been downloaded more than 800 million times worldwide. A real tidal wave that may well be contained by its ban in a country where 100 million people use it. © iStock The TikTok application prohibited in India. With 800 million users worldwide, TikTok is enjoying tremendous success, especially among young people. The Chinese application launched in 2016 ranks 6th among the most popular social networks and messaging applications on the planet *, behind Facebook (2.5 bil

"As far as TikTok is concerned, we are banning them from the United States I will sign the document tomorrow," Trump told reporters on Air Force One. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

US security officials have expressed concern that the app , owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, could be used to collect the personal data of Americans. The fast-growing app has up to 80 million active monthly users in America and the ban would be a major blow for ByteDance. "As far as TikTok is

An acquisition of the very popular social network, to repatriate it to the United States , seemed to many players involved an ideal solution.

After weeks of rumors and pressure, the White House had also indicated on Friday that the president was preparing to sign an official order to force ByteDance to separate from the American app, in the name of security protection national.

And several US media reported Friday that the computer giant Microsoft was in advanced negotiations to buy it.

But on Friday evening, on board the presidential plane, Donald Trump announced on the one hand that was "banning TikTok from the United States" and told reporters that he was not in favor of 'a takeover of the American activities of TikTok by a company in his country. "I have this power (to ban TikTok)" , he assured. "I can do it with a decree" .

Trump announces ban on TikTok video platform in the US

 Trump announces ban on TikTok video platform in the US © Martin BUREAU US President Donald Trump has announced that the popular TikTok video platform will be banned in the U.S. "As far as TikTok is concerned, we are banishing her from the United States," Trump told Reporters in the Air Force One presidential plane on Friday. US President Donald Trump has announced that the popular video platform TikTok will be banned in the United States.

The United States has been increasingly scrutinizing app developers over the personal data they handle, especially if some of it involves U . S . military or Some of the company's other overseas apps include work collaboration tool Lark and music streaming app Resso. TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer, a

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"We are here to stay," , Vanessa Pappas, head of the US branch of TikTok, said on Saturday in a cheerful video on the app, for concerned users. “We have heard your surge of support and we want to say thank you. We have no intention of leaving ", she insisted.


The entertainment platform - mostly short music videos - has nearly one billion users worldwide. Its popularity has grown further amid the months of pandemic and social distancing.

According to the WSJ, negotiations between Microsoft and TikTok could have been completed on Monday. The two companies are now waiting for more clarity from the White House, in case the latter decides to block any transaction.

“Although we do not comment on the speculation, we are confident in the long term success of TikTok” , reacted the group. “I want to thank the millions of Americans who use TikTok every day, bringing creativity and joy to our daily lives,” , Vanessa Pappas said at the opening of her video.

USA: Trump says he will ban the TikTok app

 USA: Trump says he will ban the TikTok app USA-CHINA-TIKTOK: USA: Trump says he will ban the TikTok app © Reuters / Florence Lo USA: TRUMP SAYS HE WILL BAN THE TIKTOK WASHINGTON APPLICATION (Reuters) - US President Donald Trump announced Friday evening that he had planned to sign a decree on Saturday banning TikTok in the United States, increasing pressure on the Chinese firm that owns the application video for her to sell.

TikTok is a short-form video app especially popular among Gen Z, and it has amassed 1.5 billion downloads. US lawmakers have expressed concern over possible national security issues, and TikTok has faced accusations of censorship at the request of the Chinese government.

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She also said she was "proud" of the 1,500 American employees and promised to create "10,000 more jobs in this country over the next three years" . “We are here to stay. Keep making your voice heard here and let's continue to support TikTok!

In recent months, the social network has tried to demonstrate that its identity and practices are firmly anchored in the United States.

On June 1, Kevin Mayer, the former head of Disney's streaming platforms (Disney +, Hulu, and ESPN +), took over as head of the platform.

He is responsible for overseeing TikTok's sales, marketing, public relations, security, content moderation and legal affairs, reporting directly to Zhang Yiming, founder and CEO of ByteDance.

No neighborhood

In early July, the app shut down its activity in Hong Kong due to China's recent national security law, which gives the police more powers, including surveillance.

A decision aligned with that of other major Californian social networks: Facebook, YouTube (Google) and Twitter had just announced that they would no longer respond to requests for information on their users from the Hong Kong authorities, out of respect for the freedom of expression.

Not enough to convince the US government.

CFIUS, the agency responsible for ensuring that foreign investments do not pose a risk to national security, was investigating TikTok.

"We must be vigilant on the risk that private and sensitive data is transferred to abusive governments, including ours" , intervened Jennifer Granick of the powerful civil rights organization ACLU. "But banning a platform, even if it was legally possible, harms freedom of expression online and does nothing to address the larger problem of unjustified government surveillance," , she added.

During Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa (Oklahoma) at the end of June, marked by rows of empty seats and the video of a visibly upset president, teenagers proclaimed on TikTok that they had ordered many tickets from entries with the firm intention of not going.

Beijing cries out for "crackdown" after Trump's measures against TikTok and WeChat .
© AFP / RICHARD A. BROOKS The ban will take effect in 45 days and could lead to reprisals from Beijing. China on Friday denounced "political manipulation and repression" after the radical measures taken against Chinese applications TikTok and WeChat in the United States. President Donald Trump issued executive orders on Thursday banning US transactions with Chinese tech companies Tencent and ByteDance.

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