Trump orders Tik Tok banned.

| August 7, 2020


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TikTok/Douyin is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based Internet technology company founded in 2012. It is an app used to create short music, lip-sync, dance, comedy and talent videos of 3 to 15 seconds, and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds.

The main concerns surrounding the app with an estimated 800 million users, about 60 percent of whom are between the ages of 16 and 24, are its ties to the Chinese government and the security and surveillance apprehensions that come with those ties.

“Companies in China have to hand over any information at any time to the Chinese government,” Muneeb Ali, CEO of decentralized computing network and app ecosystem Blockstacks.

Trump signs executive order banning TikTok in 45 days

TikTok has denied that it stores data in China and maintains that the CCP have never requested data from the social media company.
By Caitlin McFall

President Trump issued an executive order Thursday night that would see the social media platform TikTok banned within 45 days.

TikTok is a video sharing mobile application, owned by ByteDance Ltd., that the Trump administration has deemed a national security threat on the basis that the app has been gathering data that could potentially be shared with the government of China.

“TikTok automatically gathers vast swaths of information from its users, including internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search history,” the executive order said.

“This data threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) access to Americans’ personal and propietrary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information and blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.”

The U.S. ban puts pressure on the China-based company to sell the app’s U.S. platform – Microsoft is reportedly a leading contender, but the deal will be closely monitored by the Trump administration.

“If Microsoft or any U.S. company buys TikTok this will be carefully monitored to make sure there is absolutely no Chinese involvement in the new company,” said one Wall Street executive with knowledge of the matter told Fox Business.

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“The United States must take aggressive action against the owner of WeChat to protect our national security,” the executive order said Thursday night.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday: “We want to see untrusted Chinese apps removed from us app stores.

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Category: "Your Tax Dollars At Work", China, Foreign Policy

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  1. Old tanker says:

    If you have a smart phone you do not have privacy of your communications. That goes for computers as well. Any time you broadcast anything in any manner you lose the ability to control what was broadcast and where it goes not to mention what is done with it.

    • Penguinman000 says:

      I would go so far as to say anything with microphones and/or cameras mean you have zero privacy. Just because an indicator light isn’t on or you press a button in an app doesn’t mean the device(s) aren’t monitoring you.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Not to mention the over the air signal analysis that goes on.
      Remember the “blocked frequencies” that were imposed on scanners?
      The advent of simple software defined receivers put that to rest.
      A simple SDR and home computer along with easily obtained decryption
      software can yield far more than the old “unlocked” scanners.
      Smart phones and smart TV’s, routers and WiFi are all radios.
      The microwave links are all radios. The Satcom is all radios.

      And I haven’t even mentioned the internet.

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        If it is transmitted it can be received. If it is encoded, it can be decoded. The FIRST “scrambled” TVRO C Band Satellite Receivers that Link-a-Bit/Macom/General Instrument shipped out were “chipped” with a cloned decoder before the ink was dry on the shipping labels. The only thing that stopped all of that was switching to Ku Band and the Prime Stars/Direct TV/Dish networks of the world started “giving away” the equipment.

  2. KoB says:

    Too little too late. No such thing as privacy anymore. Every tid bit of information about you is out there, somewhere, and is available to anyone who wants to get it. “Specially, as old tanker pointed out, you’re broadcasting every thing about you on a wireless device. This Chrome Book is running thru a wifi network and is slap full of Chinese Communist built parts. Even my old school flip phone is transmitting every time I make a phone call.

    Even if we banned everything made in China from our country, there is so much embedded that we could never root it all out. The toothpaste is out of the tube and can not be put back in. Better protect yourself, the grubment can’t and won’t! I’m not on social media, don’t have a smart phone and my network has the highest level of security that my man can get for me. And he does high speed low drag security work for all of the Big Boys, banks, Google, Microsoft, ect. Yet if you were to type my name into a search engine it is amazingly scary how much info pops up.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Well, yahbutt, KoB, I keep looking for me on the internet and all I ever find is people with the same name who aren’t me. Don’t look a bit like me, don’t even have the same color hair.

      It’s so sad: I thought I was unique or something, and there’s dozens of us. Whatever will I do?

      • KoB says:

        “Whatever will I do?” Go South young lass, I have cookies…and ice cream…and porked beast sammiches…and orasted beef beast cooked in beef broth…and real fried chicken…with tater salad…and cat heads. We’ll make sausage and gravy, maybe even invite that Hardin Boy to stop by…and that Aeronautically Designated keeper of the shrimps with cheese grits and TWBGCC. Bring the ninja family, we’ll take pictures of hummingbirds and m r ducks.

      • 26Limabeans says:

        “I keep looking for me on the internet”

        That just made my day. I have been looking for many years
        and found nothing until a recent group photo from my service
        in Germany appeared on someones Face book.
        It was the entire Company and only I know it’s me.

        Like you, I have found my name to be famous in oh so many ways.

    • Skyjumper says:

      Huh, Kob……

      “Yet if you were to type my name into a search engine it is amazingly scary how much info pops up.”

      I typed your name into Google and all I found was this:

      https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kob

      https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kob

      I heard you were an animal, but a fish or a Squaretail Kob?? That is scary! (grin) 😉

      • KoB says:

        My Man! 😆 😆 😆 I’d go with the type of antelope since Ms Thang has made mention of my nice haunches. The fish thing would work too, since there is a theory from her that I must have gills behind my ears! 😛 Squaretail? Nah, way yonder too 😎 for that! Typing in the other used handle takes one straight to a certain mil blog that we all know and love.

      • Twist says:

        I have the same standard name line as a Marine KIA in Fallujah so whenever I type my name in everything is about that Marine.

  3. Tick Tock seven o’clock, “What Time Is It” The Jive Five 1962, Beltone/Relic

  4. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    Don’t use these apps personally, never have.

    I’m a dullard that way…I figure most folks won’t find anything I would record of interest anyway. I’m no longer young, and I was never a good looking human so anything involving my image is a no sale for the most part.

    If more of the 16-24 year olds were outside a little every day perhaps less of them would be such fat asses…

    Less time making stupid videos and more time seeing what this beautiful world contains would benefit these young people….

    I would also suggest a few of them taste their own blood in their mouth as the lesson one learns from that taste tend to stick with you for a while.

    Well done Mr. President, to hell with the Chinese influence over this economy.

  5. Sapper3307 says:

    “ReEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”
    Lars

  6. The Dead Man says:

    This one is a curious one. I honestly wonder if it’s not to put pressure elsewhere with the veneer of data security. As has been pointed out up thread, the cat’s out of the bag. This isn’t going to do anything about that, especially since there are still plenty of Chinese companies still operating. Huawei comes to mind immediately and would’ve been my first and immediate point of interest on data theft via some Wireshark antics.

    If this is to force the sale to a US Company, that’s a bit offputting and potentially sets as bad precedent. If it’s to leverage something else, since Tencent is a major part of their zombie economy life support in particular, this might be an interesting political move. With potential unintended consequences.

    tl;dr: I don’t have enough information to really figure this one out. There’s probably more to it than is immediately obvious though.

  7. RGR 4-78 says:

    “maintains that the CCP have never requested data from the social media company”

    Probably has a backdoor written into the code so the CCP can access the data at will.

  8. Commissar says:

    A bunch of anti-capitalist post hoc justifications and excuses.

    Trump is doing this because his snowflake ass still aches from his Tulsa rally and blames them for that disaster.

    Dispute the fact that they had zero impact on actual turnout. They merely led the Trump campaign to believe it would be higher than it was.

    Then turnout was because Trump tried to hold a rally during a pandemic, announced there would be no masks, and he simply does not draw the crowds he once did anyway.

    Fewer of his followers are willing to die for him.

    • NHSparky says:

      Dear Dipshit,

      You realize India has banned the app as well over the same security concerns, yes?

      And that DoD has banned it from phones they issue, as well as “strongly discouraged” it on DoD civilian and military members personal cell phones, yes?

      The fuck outta here with that weak shit.

    • Anonymous says:

      Same ol’…