Trump Issues Executive Order Against TikTok, Senate Bans App From Government Devices

Headline Roundup August 6th, 2020

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that prohibits all transactions between TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, and any company or person from the United States; the order is set to take place in 45 days. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate also unanimously approved a bill banning federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices. Under a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies have an obligation to support and co-operate in the country's national intelligence work. Trump told reporters earlier this week that TikTok would be forced to cease U.S. operations by Sept. 15 if it wasn’t sold to a U.S. company. He also said that if a sale goes through, part of the proceeds should go to U.S. taxpayers.

As of Thursday evening, coverage from all sides of the political spectrum remains consistent.

Trump Issues Executive Order Against TikTok, Senate Bans App From Government Devices

From the Left
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President Donald Trump issued an executive order against the parent company of video app TikTok after a week of escalating threats to ban the app in the U.S.

The order takes effect in 45 days and prohibits any U.S. company or person from transacting with ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company.

Trump has called out TikTok as a national security threat as tensions worsen between his administration and the Chinese government.

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From the Center
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WASHINGTON—The Senate unanimously passed Thursday a bill prohibiting federal employees from using TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app, on government-issued devices as U.S. national-security concerns mount.

The measure passed through an expedited procedure that avoided a roll-call vote. The White House has been pushing for a sale of TikTok to U.S. owners, citing national-security risks amid fears that the Chinese government could exploit the personal data of users.

“In light of all we know, it is unthinkable to me that we should continue to permit federal employees, those workers entrusted...

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From the Right
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President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order banning any transactions with ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns the video-sharing app TikTok, starting in 45 days.

The app might be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party and the United States "must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security," Trump said in the order.

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