The US Department of Commerce announced a ban on the use of the Chinese social network TikTok in the country and
What is known
Both programs will be removed from the US App Store and Google Play this Sunday (September 20). The reason for blocking is a threat to national security.
“At the direction of the President, we have undertaken importantactions to combat China's malicious collection of personal data of American citizens, promoting our national values and democratic norms ... ”- said Wilbur Ross, US Secretary of Commerce.
If everything is clear with WeChat (the company is nota lot of users in the US and she doesn't really resist), then in the case of TikTok everything is much more complicated. The social network has a very large audience in the United States (50 million daily active users). Because of this, the company ByteDance, which owns TikTok, will enter negotiations with the White House for several months in order to sell the American part of the social network and minimize its losses.
Initially, the corporation wanted to buy the businessMicrosoft, but its offer was rejected. Twitter was also interested in buying TikTok, and according to the latest information, Oracle may buy it. Unfortunately, both sides have failed to reach an agreement so far.