US Department of Commerce has recently issued an order to ban the download of TikTok and WeChat apps. The orders also puts a limit their functionality starting today itself.
In response to the same, TikTok CEO, Vanessa Pappas, has requested fellow social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook to come forward and support the unjustified TikTok ban.
Starting today, people will not be allowed to download TikTok, but the video app will continue to work in the United States for people who already have installed the app on their phones. The CEO of TikTok has urged its fellow competitors to put the rivalry behind and get together for a cause.
He said, “It is a moment to put aside our competition and focus on core principles like freedom of expression and due process of law.”Pappas’ response also throws light on the company’s insecurity especially after the rumours about Instagram‘s intention of taking over TikTok.
Her comment was a direct response to the tweet shared by Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri in which he shared shared news about the order and said a US TikTok ban would be “quite bad for Instagram, Facebook, and the internet more broadly.”
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The Department of Commerce has clarified that if the ‘national security’ concerns are resolved by November 12 – through a potential sale of TikTok US, the restrictions imposed against the app might be lifted.
TikTok issued a statement following the Department of Commerce’s order, noting that the company has already “committed to unprecedented levels of additional transparency and accountability well beyond what other apps are willing to do.”
The statement suggests that TikTok is already charting the different ways in which the phone-only app can work with an American tech provider, which would be accountable for maintaining and operating the TikTok network in the US. the tech provider will also be responsible for managing all services and data serving US consumers.”
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“We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.”