US President Donald Trump signed two executive orders banning Chinese-owned social media applications, TikTok and WeChat.
However, two tech CEOs, Telegram’s Pavel Durov and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg don’t think it is a good idea.
Trump Bans TikTok and WeChat
President Trump signed the orders under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act.
The orders are set to take effect in 45 days.
The Trump administration has been quite vocal with its plans to ban Chinese owned applications in the country.
Last week, Trump announced in a statement his plans to ban TikTok from the United States, amid talks about Microsoft buying the famous social media application.
Early this year, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also announced that the US is already looking into banning the applications in the country.
This is due to their concern about data privacy.
Allegedly, the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) is using TikTok and other Chinese applications to mine private information from Americans.
Banning TikTok Might be More Dangerous than Beneficial
Before the Executive Orders banning TikTok and WeChat were signed, Pavel posted his statement on this plan.
The US government’s plan to ban TikTok is understandable, he said.
China, for example, itself is banning almost all non-Chinese application in its territory.
However, the action may set a “dangerous precedent” that might kill the internet as a global network, he said.
Previously, only “autocratic countries” bully tech companies into selling parts of it to businesses close to the government, Patel explained.
The problem with the TikTok ban is that it “legitimises an extortion tactic” used by authoritarian countries before.
It is a very far cry from the US, known to be at the forefront of free speech and free trade.
Zuckerberg also shares almost the same sentiment.
According to a Buzzfeed news report, Zuckerberg told his employees that banning TikTok could have “long-term consequences” around the world.
It has a “really bad long precedent” that needs to be handled with “utmost care and gravity,” he added.
Though the Facebook CEO agrees that there are valid security issues against TikTok.