According to the new byte skipping proposal, Microsoft will be responsible for protecting all U.S. user data, the source said. The plan allows another US company other than Microsoft to acquire tiktok, the source added.
Microsoft also did not respond to requests for comment.
Threat again! Trump has just announced that tiktok will be banned from operating in the United States
Screenshots of reports from Capitol Hill
Screenshot of Russian satellite news agency
When it comes to tiktok, were going to ban them in the United States. Trump said, I have the power. I can use an executive order In other words, were going to cut off (tiktok operates in the U.S.), were going to cut it off.
Russian satellite news agency added that trump also said he would ban tiktok from operating in the United States as early as Saturday, August 1..
According to Fox News, Microsoft is in talks with tiktok over a deal that could be worth tens of billions of dollars. But neither tiktok nor Microsoft made any comments.
According to Agence France Presse earlier reported that tiktok had promised a high degree of transparency this week, including allowing its algorithms to be reviewed to ensure the safety of users and regulators. Kevin Mayer, tiktoks chief executive, also said in a speech this week: we dont engage in politics, we dont do political advertising, and we dont have such an agenda. Our only goal is to create a dynamic platform from which everyone can be happy.
In recent days, the trump government has repeatedly attacked Chinese enterprises and put pressure on other countries. Chinas Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said at a press conference this month that the US side is now carrying out groundless accusations against China, and is almost frantically suppressing and blocking China, thus carrying out acts of bullying against China. What the United States has done is not conducive to mutual trust and cooperation between China and the United States. China must resolutely say no to the bullying and injustice of the US side, and will also resolutely take actions to safeguard its own sovereignty, security and development interests.
Trump advertised for Americans to sign petition to ban tiktok
Source: Beijing News
On July 17, US President Donald Trumps Facebook and instagram accounts posted political ads warning us users that tiktok is monitoring your privacy and calling on them to sign a petition banning tiktok. The ads jump to a survey asking users if they think trump should ban tiktok in the United States and encourage participants to contribute to the trump campaign.
This is the latest US government pressure on tiktok.
Trumps political ads on Facebook and instagram
This time, Facebook, the launch platform of Trumps political advertising, is tiktoks biggest competitor. The sanctions to be taken by the white house against tiktok are also believed to have something to do with the political lobbying of Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook.
In July 2019, Zuckerberg admitted at an internal meeting that tiktok is the first global blockbuster made by a Chinese technology giant, and Facebook is developing a product called lasso in response to tiktok competition. Tok, especially among young people in America. Its business in India has also expanded rapidly, surpassing Facebooks instagram.
Tiktok is a threat to homeland security? The seemingly absurd assumption is becoming the emperors new clothes under the manipulation of American politicians.
Yesterday (July 22) local time, a US hearing passed a bill on banning tiktok. If the bill is finally voted into effect in the Senate, it means that the United States will take a substantive step to ban tiktok.
Will the killing of tiktok be included in US law?
According to U.S. media reports, on July 22 local time, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and government affairs committee voted to pass the bill prohibiting the use of tiktok on government equipment proposed by Republican Senator Josh holly. Next, the bill will go to the Senate for a full vote.
It is reported that the bill proposed by Republican congressmen explicitly forbids federal employees to download tiktok on government equipment. The bill is part of the amendment to the national defense authorization act, which will become a part of the law of the United States after passing the vote of the house of Representatives and the Senate.
And it is likely to be the first step in the us to ban tiktok. Earlier, according to a report by Reuters on July 8, vice president burns of the United States once said, no matter Huawei, or even tiktok, will pose a threat to privacy and national security, so the United States will continue to take a strong stand.
In recent days, the tough stance released by the White House is constantly reflected in tiktok. Currently, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of justice are jointly investigating tiktok, accusing him of failing to comply with the child privacy agreement. The Cfius also reviewed the deal related to tiktoks acquisition of U.S. companies.
According to the incomplete statistics of dongfang.com.profile news reporters, tiktok is currently under at least five investigations or bans of varying degrees. Im afraid this is just the beginning. Tiktok is facing the all-round encirclement and suppression of the United States.
What did tiktok do wrong?
In 2017, Chinese enterprise byte hop, the parent company of tiktok, acquired video applications for nearly $1 billion Musical.ly u3002 A year later, the byte jitter will Musical.ly Users moved to the overseas version of TikTok, and TikTok opened the hurricane of overseas markets tiktok.
According to the data of the first quarter of 2020, tiktok installed more than 315 million times in the app store and Google play, which was not only the most downloaded mobile app in the world at that time, but also set a single quarter download record of any app in the world. Tiktok broke the record in the fourth quarter of 2018. This number has been greatly increased by nearly 60%.
In June, tiktok became the highest paid non gaming app in the world. That month, its user operating income was as high as 90.7 million US dollars (about 640 million yuan), which was 8.3 times that of the same period last year.
As of April this year, tiktok also had 165 million downloads in the United States, ranking third in the world. Thats almost half the population of the United States. At the same time, the United States has become the region with the highest user operating income except China. According to the data provided by tiktok, tiktok users in the United States have to open the software eight times a day on average, and the average usage time is about five minutes each time.
At that time, the U.S. Army used tiktok for conscription, which achieved good results among young people. However, Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democratic Party of the US Senate, said tiktok may cooperate with Chinese intelligence agencies and is worried that tiktok collects information including communication content, IP address, location and other sensitive personal privacy information.
Schumer is not the first and not the last U.S. congressman to have such a view. Just two weeks ago, U.S. Secretary of state pompeio, in an interview with Fox News, called on Americans to be alert when using tiktok. Recently, even us congressmen have said that tiktok will intervene in the 2020 US election.
But so far, it seems that the United States has not produced any evidence to prove how tiktok has threatened the national security of the United States. Its more of a myth.
Huaweis only fault is that it belongs to China.
This is a week ago, foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunyings response to US sanctions against Huawei. At this moment, if Huawei is replaced by tiktok in this sentence, it seems that it still applies.
America boasts strong values, but why is it so afraid of a social media that young people like to easily share entertainment videos? Hua Chunying said that the prism gate incident has long revealed that the United States is the worlds veritable hacker empire, and has been engaged in indiscriminate illegal network attacks, monitoring and secret theft all over the world for a long time.
In favor of capital and users, can tiktok save itself?
Tiktoks parent company is byte hopping from China. But in fact, tiktok is a highly localized enterprise in the United States, whether in terms of personnel or operation.
On May 19, Kevin Mayer was appointed chief operating officer (COO) and Global CEO of tiktok. Kevin Mayer, 58, was previously Disneys senior executive vice president and Chief Strategic Officer. This is a true American executive.
On the other hand, affected by the epidemic, the unemployment rate in the United States has reached new highs. However, the number of full-time employees of tiktok in the United States has increased from less than 500 before the outbreak to nearly 1400 at present. The number of local employees in the United States has doubled. On July 21 local time, tiktok also announced plans to add 10000 jobs in the United States over the next three years.
These are high paying jobs that will help us continue to build interesting and safe experiences and protect the privacy of our community, a tiktok spokesman said in a statement.
On the other hand, local time yesterday, US media reported that many famous US investment institutions, including Sequoia Capital, were discussing an acquisition plan with byte hop. Investors contacted Zhang Yiming, founder of byte hop, on the potential transaction of acquiring tiktok. If a deal can be reached, the proportion of US capital will continue to rise sharply. Byte skipping will retain tiktoks minority and non voting shares.
In this regard, market analysts interpreted it as a manifestation of tiktoks sincerity and a way of self-help. Clearly, politics aside, tiktok is a quality asset that investors cant refuse, and US capital is no exception.
Tiktok is not just favored by American investors. During the outbreak, graduation ceremonies for students, concerts for literary and artistic youth, and even yuntiaodi for young people were carried out in tiktok. American users also dont want to see this software that has been integrated into their daily life to be blocked..
Interestingly, according to the New York Times, in July this year, many users went to the comment area of Trumps 2020 campaign app to boycott the software because they were not satisfied with the ban on tiktok. At the same time, they did not forget to give the software a bad rating, which left only 1.2 stars (out of 5 stars) in the app store.
How will the tok campaign come from the United States? Well see.