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As beautiful and fun this app might be, the app may be unavailable to United States residents soon. This is as a result of TikTok's ban in the United States.
Trump's Administration Proposes To Ban TikTok
The present United States President, Donald Trump, and his administration, on the 7th of July, 2020 announced that the administration was critically looking at banning TikTok. This announcement was made by US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
However, the President on the 31st of July, 2020 ordered ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok to sell its rights to control the app in the United States or face a total shutdown to US citizens.
The US government's main reason for this planned action is not entirely apparent, but ByteDance only has 45 days, which commenced on the 6th of August till the 20th of September, 2020. By the end of this period, they had either sold to any American tech giant, or lose their American users. Some say this could be a result of Trump's hate for China and everything coming out of the country.
There are also thoughts that the Chinese government might be using TikTok to collect data on what's going on in the United States.
However, tech experts in the US are not convinced that this is true. Though these experts do not have full details about what the app collects, they say its nothing compared to what Facebook, an American company, collected.
Another school of thought believed that because TikTok has been the topmost app in which shots (in the form of pranks) have been fired at Trump the most, is the real reason behind this proposed ban.
However, there's been reports that Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, had persuaded president trump to hold on his decision to ban the application in the US. Prior to Trump signing the order to ban TikTok, Microsoft was already in talks with ByteDance back to the table for more discussions.
Could Trump Be Abusing Power With His Recent Action?
Many Americans think that Trump has gone too far with his proposed action, which no other president in American history had done, invoking that much power "against a piece of software."
However, not just TikTok, WeChat, owned by Chinese multinational, Tencent phases the same fate.