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Technology United States: TikTok downloads banned from Sunday evening

01:15  26 september  2020
01:15  26 september  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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The United States on Friday ordered a ban on downloads of popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok and use of the messaging and payment platform WeChat, saying they threaten national security.

Les Américains ne pourront plus télécharger ou mettre à jour l'application TikTok à partir de dimanche soir, sauf intervention d'un juge © NICOLAS ASFOURI Americans will no longer be able to download or update the TikTok application from Sunday evening, unless a judge intervenes

Fifty days after the first presidential decree against it, and after many negotiations and diplomatic twists, TikTok has never been so close to the chopping block: the social network is supposed to disappear from application download platforms on Sunday evening in the United States.

Unless a judge intervenes, from Sunday at 11:59 p.m. (or 03:59 GMT on Monday), current American users will be able to continue using the app, but no longer update, and new downloads will be impossible.

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The United States on Friday ordered a ban on downloads of popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok and use of the messaging and payment platform WeChat, saying they threaten national security.

The United States on Friday ordered a ban on downloads of popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok and use of the messaging and payment platform WeChat, saying they threaten national security.

Donald Trump has accused for months the application, which belongs to the Chinese group ByteDance, of spying for the benefit of Beijing by collecting the data of its users - without proof.

In his decree of August 6, he called it a threat to "national security" and announced that it would be banned from transactions with companies in the United States unless it is sold to an American group.

On Thursday, a Washington court judge gave the government 24 hours to reject the ultimatum or explain its position.

But the Trump administration has not changed its mind, according to a document sent to justice on Friday.

As TikTok did not pass under the American flag as demanded by Donald Trump, the operating systems of Android (Google) and iOS (Apple) mobile devices will no longer be able to offer the app for download to United States.

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The United States on Friday ordered a ban on downloads of popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok and use of the messaging and payment platform WeChat, saying they threaten national security.

TikTok , WeChat downloads will be barred from US starting Sunday . The Trump administration’s decision comes after weeks of drama over a potential acquisition of TikTok by a US company. The president has called for ByteDance to sell TikTok or risk being banned in the US .

Unless Judge Carl Nichols decides to intervene this weekend. Thursday, the magistrate had evoked a hearing for this Sunday.

TikTok and ByteDance did not immediately respond to requests from AFP.

- Last chance -

TikTok this week requested an urgent appeal to the federal court in Washington, ensuring that such a ban would not be in accordance with the country's Constitution.

The platform also argued that blocking downloads would cause it irreparable damage, as it gained some 424,000 new US users every day at the start of the summer.

"Without new users, we cannot compete with other platforms," ​​said Vanessa Pappas, interim boss of TikTok, in the complaint.

Carl Nichols on Thursday disagreed with government lawyers that the ban "would maintain the status quo" since it does not prevent current users from continuing to use TikTok.

The judge alone has the power to give respite to the music and humor video app, which is visited by 100 million Americans every month.

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A hot potato: TikTok and WeChat are set to be banned in the United States starting Sunday , September 20, on all app stores and platforms, unless A full ban on WeChat is going into effect this Sunday , September 20. On the same date, a ban on updates and maintenance to the TikTok app will

Trade negotiations with American groups have in fact ended in an agreement which does not seem to satisfy any of the parties involved.

Last weekend, TikTok confirmed plans to start a new company, TikTok Global, involving Oracle as a technology partner in the US and Walmart as a business partner.

It provides for a stake of 12.5% ​​of Oracle and 7.5% of Walmart. The Americans would hold four of the five seats on the board.

- Trade war -

But this project depends on the goodwill of the American president and the Chinese government, in the midst of a trade war.

Monday, the host of the White House, campaigning for his re-election, hammered that he would not give his approval if the new group remained under Chinese control while affirming that Oracle and Walmart would own the majority of the new group.

ByteDance, which includes US investors, called the information "false rumors".

But on Thursday the Chinese group announced that it had made a "request for authorization" to export technology, without specifying on what subject.

This initiative could concern the famous algorithm that made TikTok so successful: it allows users to display the content most likely to interest them, according to their tastes, and to lead them to spend as much time as possible in watch video after video on the platform.

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The United States is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

The United States on Friday ordered a ban on downloads of popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok and use of the messaging and payment platform WeChat, saying they threaten national security. Subscribe to France 24 now: f24.my/youtubeEN.

China refuses to let this precious computer system fall into the American purse. On August 28, Beijing included algorithms in the list of artificial intelligence technologies that cannot be exported without authorization.

- Elections -

If the negotiations do not succeed, a complete ban on TikTok's activities on American soil could come into force from November 12, warned the Treasury.

Caught in this political vice, the American leaders of TikTok launched a communication campaign this summer to prove their American roots.

Society poses as a defender of freedom of expression and democratic debates in the run-up to the US elections on November 3.

"The mix of light entertainment and humor that the app offers allowed the initial growth of TikTok. But today, (...) many content creators use our app to express their solidarity with movements social, assert their political preferences or support candidates, with audiences of millions of people, "TikTok said in its appeal.

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TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over its ban as early as Tuesday .
NPR reported that a source says TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration, arguing that the order "failed to give the company a chance to respond."President Donald Trump's executive order on Thursday banned US individuals and companies from engaging in business transactions with TikTok parent company Chinese firm ByteDance.

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