Trump signs executive orders banning TikTok, WeChat; recalls India’s action on Chinese apps

Prime News, International, Washington, August 7:- United States President Donald Trump has signed executive orders banning popular Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat, terming them a ‘threat to the national security and to the country’s economy.’ The ban comes into effect in 45 days, Trump said in his two separate executive orders signed on August 6.

In a communique, Trump said the spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by the companies in China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the country. “At this time, the order takes action to address one mobile application, in particular, TikTok,” he said.

The order recalled the Indian action on banning the app and stated, “The Government of India recently banned the use of TikTok and other Chinese mobile applications throughout the country. In a statement, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology asserted that they (the Chinese apps) were ‘stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India.’

India was the first country to ban TikTok and WeChat, citing national security concerns. India has banned as many as 106 Chinese apps, a move welcomed by both the Trump administration and the US lawmakers.

“TikTok, a video-sharing mobile application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd, automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users,” a PTI report quoting the US President stated.

“This 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,” Trump alleged. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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