President Trump issued orders to ban TikTok and WeChat


President Donald Trump signed executive orders to ban the social media app TikTok and WeChat from operating in the US in 45 days. There is a condition: orders are effective if they are not sold to an U.S buyer by their Chinese-owned parent companies. September 15 is the deadline. Trump also said any deal would have to include a “substantial amount of money” coming to the US Treasury. “It’s a great asset, but it’s not a great asset in the United States unless they have approval in the United States.” “TikTok is a tremendous success, but a big portion of it’s in this country,” he added. Gene Kimmelman, a former chief counsel for the US Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and currently a senior adviser to the policy group Public Knowledge appreciated that “this is quite unusual, this is out of the norm,” On the other part, company spokesperson Josh Gartner said about the Trump administration decision: “TikTok is loved by 100 million Americans because it is a home for entertainment, self-expression, and connection.” Microsoft says it is still discussing a potential purchase of TikTok. “[Microsoft] is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury,” the company said.