(Tea Party PAC) – If you’re someone who really, really likes the idea of becoming famous through ridiculous dancing videos on TikTok, you’re probably not going to be a very big fan of what new reports are saying President Trump is going to be doing over the weekend.
In fact, you’ll probably cry yourself to sleep while resting in the fetal position. Apparently, Reuters is saying that the U.S. Commerce Department is set to block any downloads of both TikTok and WeChat here in the United States. Both apps are Chinese-owned and have been accused of storing data from its users. This is reportedly going to happen by Sunday.
This could indicate that the Trump administration isn’t too pleased with the Oracle deal to be what they consider to be a “trusted” partner for TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance. The Commerce Department officially confirmed the report is true.
Reuters reports that three officials within the Trump administration told the news outlet that the U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue an order on Friday that would bar people in the United States from downloading the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat by September 20.
Officials stated that the ban on new U.S. downloads of TikTok could be rescinded by President Trump before it takes effect late on Sunday as TikTok’s owner, the Chinese firm ByteDance, attempts to broker a deal with U.S. tech giant Oracle to enter a partnership that would hopefully alleviate President Trump’s national security concerns related to the app.
The Commerce Department has confirmed the report by releasing an order prohibiting TikTok and WeChat in the United States.
According to the Commerce Department order:
As of September 20, 2020, the following transactions are prohibited:
1. Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates through an online mobile application store in the U.S.;
2. Any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.
As of September 20, 2020, for WeChat and as of November 12, 2020, for TikTok, the following transactions are prohibited:
1. Any provision of internet hosting services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.;
2. Any provision of content delivery network services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.;
3. Any provision directly contracted or arranged internet transit or peering services enabling the function or optimization of the mobile application within the U.S.;
4. Any utilization of the mobile application’s constituent code, functions, or services in the functioning of software or services developed and/or accessible within the U.S.
News outlets recently reported that President Trump stated during a press conference that he fully expects to get a report about Oracle’s bid to join in a partnership with the Chinese-owned appTikTok, but that he would not agree to the deal until fears for our country’s national security are alleviated.
“I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal,” President Trump told White House reporters on Wednesday evening. “It has to be 100% as far as national security is concerned,” Trump said.
President Trump has previously stated that he would ban TikTok if it wasn’t sold to an American company. An executive order issued by President Trump on August 6 stated that the app “reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive,” is potentially a source for disinformation campaigns and “threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.” Trump had praised Oracle’s bid during negotiations, but that was to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok, not become a “trusted technology partner.”
The order from the Commerce Department will reportedly “deplatform” TikTok and WeChat in the U.S. and ban Apple and Google’s app store’s from offering the app son any platform “that can be reached from within the United States,” a senior Commerce official told Reuters.
The order in question will not prevent businesses located in the United States from conducting business with other companies outside of the U.S. via WeChat.
What this says about Trump is that he’s willing to go the distance to ensure that our national security is kept safe from those nations around the world that have prying eyes and would love nothing better than to get their hands on information they could somehow use against our country.
It’s critical that the president take this role seriously, and that’s what he’s doing.