BREAKING: Trump Signs Executive Order Banning TikTok In 45 Days If It’s Not Sold

Well it has been threatened for almost a week now. And it’s finally happened. US President Trump has signed an executive order that band TikTok in 45 days if their Chinese parent doesn’t sell TikTok first. And it’s not just TikTok. Messaging app WeChat which is as popular as WhatsApp is being banned too. And they are subject to the same conditions that TikTok is under. As in they have to be sold from their Chinese parent company as well.

Now the games begins. China is going to flip out and chances are that they will fire back. And tis spat between China and the US will escalate very quickly. And this could quickly go off the rails.

UPDATE: TikTok just posted this statement and it in part says this:

We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.

Also of interest are the relevant executive orders which can be found here and here. In those executive orders, Trump wants to get paid if US companies buy these companies. I have no clue how that would work as that sounds more like mob like behavior as opposed to being something that a government could legitimately do.

2 Responses to “BREAKING: Trump Signs Executive Order Banning TikTok In 45 Days If It’s Not Sold”

  1. […] to a White House document sent out to supporters of President Trump and seen by Reuters, the executive order that Trump signed would have a the means to cut off U.S. business transactions, disrupt TikTok’s funding, and […]

  2. […] US President Trump already signed an executive order to take out TikTok as well as another one to ta… for national security reasons. But because we live in weird times, Trump signed a new executive order that gives ByteDance who are the Chinese owners of TikTok 90 days to sell or spin off the US TikTok business. In the order, Trump says that there is “credible evidence” that ByteDance “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.” Which leads me to believe that he is giving more time for Microsoft who has been working to buy TikTok to get the job done. […]

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