Posted: 2020-09-18 15:15:43
ACLU, Instagram CEO slam WeChat and TikTok bans
The TikTok & WeChat bans will have implications for other international tech companies
From Andy Baio at Waxy.org
Originally published 2020-09-18
The Trump administration has stated that the main reason it has pinpointed the apps has been to “safeguard the national security of the United States” in the face of nefarious activity out of China, where the owners of WeChat and TikTok, respectively Tencent and ByteDance, are based: “The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S.,” today’s statement from the U.S. Department of Commerce noted. “Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.” In reality, it’s hard to know where the truth actually lies.
Will the U.S. banning them really mean that other countries, up to now more in favor of a free market, will fall in line and take a similar approach? Will people really stop being able to express themselves? Those are the questions that Trump has forced into the balance with his actions, and even if they were not issues before, they have very much become so now.
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