Trump Signs two Executive Orders Banning TikTok and WeChat Within 45 Days
US President Donald Trump signed two executive orders on Thursday, banning any US dealings with Chinese company Beat Dance, which owns the short video app (Tick Talk), and Tencent, the owner of the WeChat app, within 45 days.
The two orders came after President Donald Trump’s administration said this week it was stepping up efforts to remove “untrusted” Chinese apps from US electronic app stores and described the apps “Tik Tok” and “WeChat” as “big threats”.
Trump said in an executive order that the application of “Tik Tok” can be used in disinformation campaigns that benefit the Communist Party of China and the United States should “take strong measures against Tik Tok owners to protect our national security”.
In the other decree, Trump said that (WeChat) “automatically collects massive information from its users. This data collection process threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party to access Americans’ personal information. ”
The order would effectively prohibit the application of WeChat in the United States within 45 days by prohibiting “to the extent permitted by law, any transaction related to Boychat by any person or in relation to any property falling within the US jurisdiction.”
Trump said this week that he would support the sale of US TikTok operations to Microsoft if the US government received a “significant portion” of the sale price, and warned that he would ban the service in the United States on September 15.
The US Senate unanimously approved, in a vote on Thursday, a bill submitted by Senator Josh Hawley to prevent federal employees from using the Ticket Tuk app for short video clips on government agencies amid threats from the White House to ban the company that owns the app.