The United States will now ban all transactions between US companies or US citizens with BytDance, which owns the social network Tik Tok, and Tencent, the company that controls the We Chat application (identical to WhatsApp). This, after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday.
Trump believes that the social network of Chinese origin represents a threat to US national security, therefore considering a "national emergency" to limit its action in the U.S. For Trump, the social network Tik Tok is used to spy on American users. So the White House has chosen to limit social media operations in the U.S. The enacted ban will also apply to WeChat, precisely because of suspicions of alleged espionage by Beijing in the US.
"Like TikTok, WeChat automatically captures large pieces of information about its users, threatening to give the Chinese Communist Party access to personal information about the Americans," reads the decree, cited by the Lusa agency.
In addition to the executive order, the US Senate also passed a bill that prohibits the download and use of the TikTok application on mobile phones or other devices provided by the White House to its employees or members of Congress.
The bill that came out of the Senate has yet to be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives before Trump promulgates the decision.
The aforementioned decisions by the Trump administration and the US Senate represent put more pressure on US trade relations with China, with Washington defending the need to ban or limit the action of Chinese applications in the US, for national security reasons. .
Earlier this week, Donald Trump accepted that Microsoft continue to negotiate with ByteDance the purchase of the US operation of Tik Tok. However, the US Head of State promised to ban the Chinese social network on September 15, forcing Microsoft to negotiate under pressure.
According to Reuters, the social network Tik Tok has 100 million users in the U.S. The WeChat application is not so popular among Americans, although it is “ubiquitous” in China.