New information on the clash between the U.S. government and TikTok details what the practical impacts of the measure signed by President Donald Trump last week would be. According to the Reuters, a White House document indicates that the main consequences would be the suspension of distribution of TikTok in American app stores and a ban on advertising on the social network.
For cybersecurity specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the USA, James Lewis, such sanctions would imply the death of TikTok in the United States, since the platform would be outside the main mobile device stores, the App Store and the Play Store . Apple and Alphabet did not comment on the matter.
If the scenario is confirmed, the measures would have a strong impact on the growth in the number of users of the social network. TikTok is quite popular in the United States, with more than 100 million active users in the United States alone.
Despite the sanctions, lawyers say the Trump order cannot compel users to uninstall the smartphone app. In addition, the government would not be able to prevent downloading from foreign websites.
In return, TikTok says it is considering suing the US for lack of evidence to justify banning the social network. If the company does not appeal to reverse the process, the restrictions will begin to apply on September 20.
U.S. sanctions could boost TikTok sales steps
While TikTok runs out of time to exploit loopholes in Donald Trump’s executive orders, the giant Microsoft leads the negotiations for the purchase of TikTok worldwide – with the exception of China, where the local version, Douyin, would still be under management. from the startup ByteDance. Twitter would also have tried to join the fray to take over the operation of the platform, but the high value of the transaction could be an impediment for the company to continue the dispute.
According to the President of the United States, the social network could cease to be the target of its actions in the event of a sale to a “large”, “safe” and “very American” company. However, it is not known what the conduct of other countries would be if the transaction is completed – the app is also being investigated in France for possible breach of European data protection regulations.
With information: Reuters