What you need to know
- Washington continues to target Chinese-owned apps.
- The U.S. government says it is stepping up efforts to purge "untrusted" Chinese apps.
- Mike Pompeo said apps like Tiktok and WeChat were "significant threats to personal data of American citizens."
The United States government has dialled up its rhetoric against Chinese-owned apps like TikTok and WeChat, stating it was stepping up efforts to purge "untrusted" apps from digital networks in the country.
As Reuters reports:
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reported to have said that the U.S. was expanding its "Clean Network" program, focusing on five different areas. Steps apparently include preventing Chinese apps and telecoms companies from accessing the "sensitive information" of American citizens and businesses. He said:
As the report notes, China's foreign minister Wang Yi hit back in an interview, Wednesday, stating the U.S. had "no right" to create its so-called 'clean network', and that the move was "a textbook case of bullying:"
Amidst heightened US-China tensions, Washington has reportedly given TikTok and parent company ByteDance 45 days to arrange a sale of the app to U.S. tech giant Microsoft. ByteDance's CEO maintains the primary goal of the Trump administration is to ban the app outright, rather than force its sale.
"significant threat to American citizens" hahaha
I think that bit is projecting lol It is a misquote though in fairness.
Because... You know... Reasons.
I feel like this is a dangerous game they're playing. Imagine if, in retaliation, China were to say "no more U.S. manufacturing in our country." We'd be so screwed. Plus, I feel like this whole "protect our citizen's privacy" schtick rings hollow when the likes of Google and Facebook are just out here doing whatever they want.
Wow it's long past due that Trump ban animal porn snuff porn and abuse porn and he bans this makes me sick !!!!
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