Without tangible proof, Donald Trump has been accusing the video-sharing platform for months of diverting the data of American users for the benefit of Beijing.
The Chinese video-sharing application TikTok has confirmed that it will file a complaint against the US government on Monday, August 24, after a decree from Donald Trump, accusing him of spying on behalf of Beijing. The American president intends to ban shortly any transaction of TikTok with American partners. “We totally disagree with the administration’s position that TikTok is a threat to national security”, justifies the company in a blog post.
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“With this executive order threatening to ban our American operations – in the process wiping out the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment and a particularly vital livelihood during the pandemic – we simply have no choice “, adds TikTok.
Without tangible proof, the American president has accused the video-sharing platform for months of siphoning off data from American users for the benefit of Beijing. At the beginning of August, he banned the application from any transaction with American partners within 45 days. The decrees do not specify the practical consequences. This ban could force Google and Apple to remove the two networks from their app stores, effectively preventing them from being used in the United States.