Donald Trump has signed two executive orders banning the Chinese-owned social media apps, TikTok and WeChat, from being used by any person in United States.
The two orders were issued late last night and are scheduled to go into effect in 45 days.
TikTok allow users to “watch, create, and share 15-second videos shot on cellphones”, while WeChat with its 1.16 billion active users is an all-in-one app that combines social platforms with financial transactions.
According to the Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok,
TikTok also reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive, such as content concerning protests in Hong Kong and China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. This mobile application may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party, such as when TikTok videos spread debunked conspiracy theories about the origins of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
Issued immediately after the order on TikTok, the Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat mentions China's collection of personal information:
Like TikTok, WeChat automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information. In addition, the application captures the personal and proprietary information of Chinese nationals visiting the United States, thereby allowing the Chinese Communist Party a mechanism for keeping tabs on Chinese citizens who may be enjoying the benefits of a free society for the first time in their lives.
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, and we warned you back in March to delete it.
WeChat is owned by the multi-billion dollar Tencent Holdings, which has a stake in products including the chat app Discord and the music app Spotify. They're the biggest video game company in the world, with partial ownership of Epic Games, which owns Fortnite, and full ownership over League of Legends. The White House has confirmed that Trump's executive order against WeChat will not impact other Tencent properties.