Trump Just Declared TikTok A “National Emergency” And Has Threatened To Ban It

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President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order declaring the popular video app TikTok a national emergency and saying that it would be effectively banned from the country in 45 days if US operations aren’t first sold to an American company.

Under the order, in 45 days, the US would bar anyone “subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” from carrying out transactions with ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese-owned parent company. A connected order also bans in the same timeframe transactions with WeChat, a Chinese social networking app, and Tencent, its parent company.

In both orders, Trump argued the apps “automatically” capture “vast swaths of information from its users” that could be used by the Chinese government against American interests.

TikTok, the order says, “reportedly censors” content the Chinese government finds “sensitive,” like protests and treatment of Uighur Muslims. The order adds that TikTok “may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit


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