“US administration’s smash and grab of TikTok will not be taken lying down,” reads the headline of a Monday editorial by China Daily, a state-controlled publication that’s considered a mouthpiece of the Communist Party. It’s certain, that China’s Communist Party is not very pleased with President Donald Trump’s threats on the TikTok ban, earlier this week unless the China-based app was acquired by a US company.
On Thursday, he said in an executive order, calling the wide use of Chinese apps a “national emergency.” Since, the arrival of the TikTok ban’s news, current users of the app, too, seem to be in panic mode and a state of confusion, as there are TikTok creators with an incredibly high fan-following in the States. The China-based app has been downloaded 80 million times in the US and 2 billion times worldwide.
The Tiktok ban was introduced despite the huge popularity of the app, which brings us to what the executive order read- “The spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,”. It further added, “At this time, action must be taken to address the threat posed by one mobile application in particular, TikTok.”.
But maybe, the idea of the ban is bigger than it seems. The US might be looking into ways to cut bridges of commercial relations with China. It’s notable that the TikTok ban is being referred to as a “National Emergency”, which makes it clear that the US is very strict and will act urgently on this. The company ByteDance, which happens to own TikTok is given a time of 45 days to crack a deal with any US-based company, Microsoft being the top-notch choice, but that certainly does not confirm whether Microsoft is going to buy TikTok. The US previously banned China-based Huawei, after which is looking forward to a ban on Tiktok, owned by ByteDance and WeChat, owned by Tencent, also China-based. Report regarding security threats have been raised on both TikTok and Zoom, owned by a China Billionaire, but the ban is raised only on TikTok because the government can no more let any information leak out of the country which might profit its opposition, while the latter decided to stop serving consumers in China.
This might be a thrilling gain for startups like LA-based Triller. This would also boost the ‘Reels” feature on Instagram.
All of this is being done in a time when elections are knocking the US’ doors. This decision from the President’s side projects high risk, as it could be game-changer and bring back the lost faith in President Trump, while the banning of these apps might also turn against him, there’s a perfect 50-50 chance of anything, politically.
President Trump’s decision came after India’s ban on 59 apps including TikTok, which he had appreciated. India was TikTok’s largest market, Brazil being second, with US ranking on the third. A conflict had broken between both countries, India and China, regarding the ban and if China messes with the US amidst most other countries trying to isolate it, it might not be very good news for China. Furthermore, Australia is also planning to ban TikTok.
While it might not be very pleasing for most of us to see the app go, there are other options to explore. What do you think about the ban? Tell us in the comments below.