Twitter and Facebook temporarily blocked the accounts of President Donald Trump, amid riots in the capital in which a woman lost life. Facebook has blocked Trump’s page from posting for 24 hrs, while Twitter locked @realDonaldTrump handle for 12 hrs and said that if tweets violating its policy are not removed, the account would remain locked. Pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to force Congress to block the appointment of President-elect Joe Biden.
USA President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning transactions with eight Chinese apps. The govt aims to curb the threat to Americans posed by Chinese apps having a large user base and access to sensitive data. The order affirmed that the US must take “aggressive action” against developers of Chinese apps to protect national security. The order bans Alipay, QQ Wallet, WeChat Pay, CamScanner, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate and WPS Office.
The Trump administration on Friday opted not to grant ByteDance a new extension of an order requiring it to divest TikTok’s U.S. assets. However, the talks will continue over TikTok’s fate. Last week, the administration granted ByteDance a one-week extension until Friday over the order to shed TikTok’s U.S. assets. President Trump in August gave orders to enforce the divestiture order once the deadline expired, but it is unclear when or how the govt may seek to compel divestiture.
ByteDance, the owner of video-sharing app TikTok, has filed a petition with a USA Court challenging outgoing Trump administration’s order set to take effect on Thursday ordering it to divest TikTok. The Chinese startup, in the petition, said that the order and a finding by a USA agency that TikTok represented a security threat were unlawful and violated rights under the USA Constitution. Trump in an Aug 14 order directed ByteDance to divest the app within 90 days.
US President Donald Trump said he would rescind his approval of TikTok’s deal with Oracle and Walmart if ByteDance retains control of TikTok. However, he also indicated that he expected Chinese influence to be diluted by a future public offering of the new company. Shortly after Trump’s comments, State-backed Chinese newspaper Global Times stated that Beijing is unlikely to approve this deal as it hurts China’s national security, interests and dignity.
The Commerce Department, on Sunday afternoon, delayed TikTok ban by one week which was earlier supposed to be on 20th Sept. While the TikTok ban/acquisition plan is still on cards, WeChat may get an exemption from it. A judge in California issued a preliminary injunction blocking the administration’s WeChat ban as it was vital for Chinese people living in the US; and while it has security concerns, banning the app won’t help in any way.
US President Donald Trump questioned ByteDance’s plan to hold a majority stake in TikTok and said he didn’t favour the idea of a Chinese firm retain control. Six Republican senators urged him to reject the deal as long as it was tied to ByteDance, as it “failed to meet the intent of the president’s executive orders”. While Trump fears that TikTok could threaten national security, he may not want to alienate 100M American TikTok users ahead of the Nov 3 elections.
Chinese telecom giant Huawei, despite the US ban, will keep investing in its chip arm and help partners in chip manufacturing, production equipment and raw materials, Huawei’s CEO Guo Ping has said. The US has banned Huawei from building and selling chips to partners, especially in the US. Huawei was also barred from accessing Google’s Android updates and security patches. Consequently, the firm had to launch its own OS – HarmonyOS.