It is known that the president of the United States Donald Trump does not have the best relations with Chinese companies. Following the exclusion of Huawei and ZTE, the president proceeded with a new decree, this time focusing on companies ByteDance and Tencent, which have the popular TikTok and WeChat applications respectively. These two applications are in the new wave of exclusion by the American president.
About blocking TikTok:
TikTok, a video sharing application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd., according to our data has over 175 million downloads in the United States and over 1 billion worldwide. TikTok automatically captures a lot of information from its users, such as the Internet and other network activity information, such as location data and browsing history.
This data collection is a threat, as it can allow the Chinese Communist Party access to the personal and private information of American citizens, which may result in the monitoring of the locations of federal employees and contractors, creating personal information files for blackmail. and conduct corporate espionage.
About blocking WeChat:
WeChat is a messaging, social media and electronic payment application owned by the Chinese company Tencent Holdings Ltd., which reportedly has over one billion users worldwide, including users in the United States. Like TikTok, WeChat automatically captures a lot of information from its users.
This data collection may allow access to the personal and private information of American citizens in the Chinese Communist Party. In addition, the application records the personal and private information of Chinese nationals visiting the United States, thus enabling the Chinese Communist Party a mechanism for monitoring all Chinese citizens who may enjoy the benefits of a free society for the first time in their lives.
The above companies have 45 days until they cease to operate in the United States. We already know that Microsoft is interested in buying TikTok, but the future of Tencent is completely uncertain. However, Tencent has already made large investments in America, including Riot Games, Epic Games, Blizzard and Ubisoft, so we need to see if the above decree will apply to the whole company or only to WeChat.
Source: Techblog.gr by techblog.gr.
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