His order Trump demands the complete cessation of all US transactions with its parent company TikTok until September 20, on national security issues that remain unclear. Many observers see this as a tactic to speed up talks with Microsoft. But if his ban TikTok is a trading tactic, it is extremely dangerous.
The acquisition of Microsoft could be done with many different ways. If the deal collapses, banks will be forced to sever ties with TikTok as soon as the deadline of September 20 arrives, causing disaster in the daily operations of the company. The damage will not be total or immediate, but it is hard to imagine that the US company will TikTok will be able to survive in this chaos.
A social network used by millions of people is going to be banned by a presidential firm, without public evidence of wrongdoing, only with constitutional restrictions by the executive.
The fact that this action seems to be legal makes it very ugly. If the Trump carried out the threat, the result would be a disastrous precedent for US software and a worrying milestone in how the US works in relation to corruption.
The most worrying thing is that there is no clear indication of what is happening. The TikTok has been under national national review for approximately one year. The examination is conducted within the framework of the United States Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States).
However, this executive order is far from the usual CFIUS procedure and there is simply no evidence that the jury found anything unusual.
OR executive order mentions a bunch of generalities like data collection or the possibility of misinformation, but there is nothing that does not apply to dozens of other applications.
The White House did not provide any evidence of improper data collection by TikTok or excellent links between ByteDance and the Chinese Government.
If nothing else, we have seen the opposite: a recent CIA assessment that was published by The New York Times found no evidence that the app had been used by Chinese spy services to track data.
The US has pushed Chinese technology companies' interests in the past, but there has never been an emergency order like this. No president has ever declared the existence of a program on American devices as a national emergency. And while selling Microsoft seems to offer a way out TikTok, there is also a public time limit of 45 days to add extra pressure to a weird deal. These are unprecedented measures and there is no explanation as to why they are used TikTok is particularly worrying.
The obvious precedent is the ban on Huawei, but the TikTok is different in many critical respects. The concern with Huawei was in the network hardware: devices that can not be adequately controlled or monitored once integrated into the network. Telephone networks are a long-term point of interest for national security and so the government has an active role in the system. But none of this applies to consumer applications on consumer phones.
At the same time, the Trump gave many reasons for concern about corrupt motives in the recent change.
Apart from this particular incident, it is unusual for such a big controversy to start just three months before the election, which suggests that the president can use it as a political ploy, maximizing the drama. After the catastrophic trade war, the implementation TikTok may be his only chance Trump for a political victory against China.
But there are a number of other confusing issues. THE Trump asked explicitly allocate money to the US Treasury Department if the Microsoft agreement is passed. In a strange coincidence, Facebook launches the competitor of TikTok through Instagram at the same time that the future of the rival social network is being questioned.
None of the above may be true, but they are concerns that are usually overcome through transparency and adherence to established procedures. By Trump, there does not appear to be transparency or standard procedures. As is often the case with national security movements, the public is asked to trust the president's decision. But now there are clear reasons why there is no trust.
Because there does not seem to be a logical path to all of the above, we should probably think logically. Because Washington cares about her TikTok;
I do not support ByteDance or its affiliates, but the app has brought together a community that deserves respect. Destroying this community would not be as enjoyable as banning a book or destroying a movie.
The article was published in theverge.com