The Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps on June 29 to ensure safe cyberspace in the country. These banned Chinese apps had over billions of potential Indian users, and these apps were successful in luring the users to download them.
The government stated, “The Ministry of Information Technology, invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act and given the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 Chinese apps.” The list of banned apps in India includes apps like TikTok, ShareIt, WeChat, UC Browser and so on.
And now, US President Donald Trump has said that will ban the popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok from operating in the country through an executive order as early as Saturday, according to media reports.
Speaking to reporters onboard the Air Force One on July 31, the President said: “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the US.”
Trump said he could use emergency economic powers or executive order as early as August 1 to ban the company from the US officially, The Hill news website reported.
“Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that,” the President said while signalling that he was not supportive of allowing an American company to acquire TikTok.
Trump’sTrump’s announcement came hours after reports that Microsoft was in talks to purchase TikTok from Beijing-based company ByteDance.
“Not the deal that you have been hearing about that they are going to buy and sell… and Microsoft and another one. We are not an M&A (mergers and acquisitions) country,” Trump said.
It was not immediately clear what authority Trump had to ban TikTok, which has up to 80 million active monthly users in the United States. It was also not clear how the ban would be enforced and what legal challenges it would face.
“While we do not comment on rumours or speculation, we are confident in the long-term success of TikTok,” TikTok said in a statement.
Last week, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs unanimously passed a bill that would bar US federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices. It will be taken up by the full Senate for a vote. The House of Representatives has already voted for a similar measure.
ByteDance has been considering a range of options for TikTok amid pressure from the United States to relinquish control of the app, which allows users to create short videos with special effects and has become wildly popular with US teenagers.
ByteDance has received a proposal from some of its investors, including Sequoia and General Atlantic, to transfer majority ownership of TikTok to them, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The bid values TikTok at about $50 billion (roughly Rs. 3.74 lakh crores), but some ByteDance executives believe the app is worth more than that.
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