The improvement got here after Trump issued an govt order on August 14, requiring ByteDance to divest its pursuits in video-sharing app TikTok’s operations within the US inside 90 days.
“There is credible proof that leads me to imagine that ByteDance … would possibly take motion that threatens to impair the nationwide safety of the United States,” the US President mentioned within the order.
The new order got here after an earlier govt order was signed by Trump. The earlier order may have pressured US-based app shops to cease distributing the TikTok app if ByteDance didn’t attain a deal to divest from it in 45 days.
Under the newest order, ByteDance is predicted to destroy all its copies of TikTok knowledge hooked up to American customers.
Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo mentioned that the Trump administration is “working laborious” to guard Americans from the threats of “untrusted distributors” corresponding to TikTok and WeChat, which it desires to take away from US app shops like these operated by Apple and Google.
US politicians have repeatedly criticised TikTok, owned by Beijing-based startup ByteDance, of being a risk to nationwide safety due to its ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
China and the US are at loggerheads on quite a lot of points together with Hong Kong nationwide safety regulation, the South China Sea, coronavirus and commerce.
Last month, India’s ministry of electronics and data know-how (MEITY) banned 47 apps, which have been variants and cloned copies of the 59 apps banned earlier in June.
These banned clones embrace Tiktok Lite, Helo Lite, SHAREit Lite, BIGO LIVE Lite and VFY Lite.
The 59 apps, most of which have been Chinese, had been banned by the Indian authorities in view of the knowledge obtainable that they’re engaged in actions that are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity and defence” of the nation.
The ban got here amid the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in japanese Ladakh.