The President of United States of America, Donald Trump has issued an executive order on August 6 2020 to ban any kind of transactions with the owners of the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat, starting in 45 days.
- The executive order came as US administration was stepping up to purge any kind of untrusted Chinese apps.
- Trump administration believes that Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat are significant threats to US internal security.
- In one of the order, Trump said TikTok app may be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party, and the US “must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.”
- In another order , Trump said 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”.
- The executive order would bar “any transaction by any person , or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd” in an effort to “address the national emergency with respect to the information and communication technology supply chain.”
- The execuive order will also ban WeChat in the US in 45 days “to the extent permitted under applicable law, any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd.”
What is an Exective Order ?
An executive order is a means of issuing federal directives in the United States. It is used by the president of the United States.
The president has broad executive and enforcement authority to determine how to enforce the law or to otherwise manage the resources and staff of the executive branch.
George Washington issued the first executive order on June 8, 1789. He addressed to the heads of the federal departments instructing them to impress him with a full precise, and distinct general idea of the affairs of the United States in their fields.
TikTok is a video sharing app owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based Internet technology Company.
WeChat is a Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app owned by Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Both TikTok and WeChat and 57 other apps were banned in India recently.