Chinese video sharing application TikTok and messenger WeChat from September 20 will prohibit users who are in the U.S. to download. This was announced on Friday, September 18, representatives of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
As specified in the Ministry, users who have already installed these applications, they will operate until November 12. Thus, Washington wants to give the owner of the video service TikTok Chinese company ByteDance a few more weeks to sell its business in the U.S..
The supposed buyer for several weeks in a row was considered the American company Microsoft. However, this deal was opposed by the Chinese government. The American company Oracle is called the new probable partner of the Chinese.
Wall Street Journal with reference to sources reported that the Chinese under an agreement with Oracle want to retain control over the business of the American branch of TikTok. According to the newspaper, this has caused dissatisfaction with U.S. President Donald Trump. Thus, on September 17 the head of White House apparatus Mike Meadows stated that he “doubted very much” that such a deal “corresponds to the goals set by the president”.
National security concerns
On August 6, U.S. President Donald Trump signed decrees prohibiting any transactions with ByteDance and Tencent (the owner of WeChat messenger) in the United States. He justified his decrees against TikTok on national security grounds. In particular, Trump suspected that TikTok could be used to profile the movements of U.S. officials and spy on U.S. firms. ByteDance denies the U.S. accusations of transferring data to the Chinese government.
Application TikTok in the U.S. alone was loaded 175 million times, and more than one billion times around the world. This service is especially popular among young people.