IG and TikTok

The Commerce Department announced on Friday that it will start banning TikTok and WeChat transactions in the US on Sunday. 

This is in response to US President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders in August against the two Chinese applications. 

However, Instagram head Adam Mosseri condemns the act. 

“A US TikTok ban” would negatively affect not only Instagram and Facebook, but the internet as a whole, Mosseri said. 

“The long term costs” of countries “making aggressive demands” on banning social networking apps “over the next decade outweigh slowing down one competitor today,” Mosseri explained. 

Telegram founder Pavel Durov and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said almost the same thing in August

According to Durov, a TikTok ban might become a “dangerous precedent” that might kill the internet as a global network.

In fact, a TikTok ban “legitimizes an extortion tactic” authoritarian countries use.

TikTok executive, Vanessa Pappas agrees with Mosseri and invites Instagram and Facebook to support TikTok’s “litigation.” 

In Pappas’ reply to Mosseri, the TikTok executive emphasized putting aside competition, and instead focus on “freedom of expression, and due process of law.”

On Monday, there were reports that Oracle had already won the deal with TikTok. 

However, the Chinese media denies it.

TikTok Ban on the Grounds of National Security

Starting Sunday, the US will start banning TikTok and WeChat “application updates” through online stores in the US.

Moreover, TikTok’s full ban will commence on November 12, unless TikTok makes a deal with any US company. 

According to the Commerce Department, they are banning the two Chinese apps on the grounds of safeguarding the US national security. 

Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross calls the ban a “significant action” against China’s malicious actions against Americans. 

Ross also praised the President’s action to “guarantee” protection to the Americans against threats from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)

The CCP has demonstrated motives to use the apps against the country’s “national security, foreign policy, and the economy,” per the press release. 

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