Chines Communist Party-backed TikTok has revealed their true colors after Trump announced a time limit on the potential sale of the social media app to an established American company. It comes as no surprise that Trump is moving to follow through on his threats to possibly ban the popular social media video app, but what is most interesting about this story is the platform’s response.
On Saturday night, Trump issued a breaking executive order “Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok” that will ban the app within 45 days if they fail to make a deal with an American company. Upon the deadline, the measure effectively blocks all transactions with Chinese-owned parent company ByteDance.
The executive order describes the urgent need to take these restrictive actions in the interest of protecting the privacy and data of the American people.
The text reads, “[TikTok’s] data collection data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.”
It explains the threat of exposure to Chinese propaganda and censorship about their human rights abuses “concerning protests in Hong Kong and China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. This mobile application may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party, such as when TikTok videos spread debunked conspiracy theories about the origins of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.”
Because of these risks, “The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.”
This order follows weeks of speculation and hints from the President himself that he can and will ban the company if he sees fit. Although he is allowing American-owned Microsoft to buy out the 30% portion of the app of American users (or 100% if they want), TikTok is infuriated at the thought of a 45-day deadline to get the deal done.
The platform reacted to President Trump’s executive order by stating they were “shocked” in a statement on the order. TikTok says they vow to “pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded,” and will seek justice, “in the US courts.”
But why the surprise? There’s nothing shocking about the executive order. Plus, just this week, reports revealed that they supposedly had a deal in the works with Microsoft already.
The only reason imaginable that they would be this outraged over an executive order that everyone knew was coming is if they had ulterior motives. It is entirely possible they never planned to follow through on a deal with an American company.
This has CCP written all over it because most businesses would be more than happy to quickly sell off their company for billions of dollars.
That is, unless they care about spying more than money.
I just have to point out the fact that TikTok is acting like they are an American company with their almost laughable talk of “rule of law” and “due process.” Granted, I’m not a legal analyst, but how can they actually act as if they have any grounds whatsoever to challenge an executive order from another country? It’s especially arrogant coming from a country that enslaves millions, kills their own people for dissenting, and shoves propaganda down their throats.
Now, back to the CCP. Trump has every right to ban a foreign company from interacting with Americans, especially when they are actively stealing our personal and governmental data. How anyone could argue with this baffles me.