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Trump Signed An Executive Order To Eliminate The Threat From TikTok

Trump Signed An Executive Order To Eliminate The Threat From TikTok

US President Donald Trump signed an Executive order aimed at eliminating the threat from the social media app TikTok, according to the White House.

According to the decree of the President of the United States, starting 45 days after the date of publication of this order, any transactions of any person or in respect of any property under the jurisdiction of the United States with ByteDance Ltd. are prohibited. (owner of TikTok).

"The proliferation in the United States of mobile apps developed and owned by companies of the people's Republic of China (PRC) continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. Currently, it is necessary to take measures to eliminate the threat from, in particular, one mobile app TikTok, " the presidential decree reads.

It is noted that the risks coming from TikTok are real.

"The Department of homeland security, the transportation security Administration, and the United States Armed forces have already banned the use of TikTok on Federal government phones," the decree specifies.

Earlier, us senators passed a bill banning the use of the TikTok app on mobile devices of civil servants in the United States.

President Trump also told reporters at the White House this week that the TikTok app will be discontinued in the United States if It is not sold to an American company by September 15.

Meanwhile, it was reported that Microsoft is in talks with the Beijing-based ByteDance company to sell Its Tiktok app, discussing the price of the deal, which ranges from $10 billion to $30 billion.

If the deal goes through, ByteDance will have to hand over programming codes to Microsoft within a year, according to reports.

According to Chinese experts, negotiations between the companies can be completed within three weeks.

Beijing sharply criticized the US administration for putting pressure on the TikTok social network, calling this situation open intimidation. "This contradicts the principles of the market economy and the principles of openness, transparency, and non-discrimination of the WTO. This is open intimidation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin commented at a briefing.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry added that such actions by Washington are considered "political manipulation" by Beijing.

The Chinese edition of China Daily published an article on Tuesday saying that China will take retaliatory measures against attempts to force a Chinese company in the US, ByteDance, to sell Its Tiktok app to Microsoft.