04Que Donald Trump has a problem with social networks is nothing new. We have already talked about his multiple problems with Twitter (and that his account was not one of the hacked), that he seems not to have a lot of popularity among the TikTok audience … come on, despite being an enthusiastic user of them (from Twitter, not from TikTok, I do not want to imagine doing choreography to the rhythm of the music), on the other hand, it seems that at least they cross their path, it puts them in the spotlight, be it the media or the legislature.
And if we add to that what it is a social network that is already under the pillory, which has its origin in China and with less than 100 days to go before the presidential elections in which re-election is being played, it is even understandable that yesterday, Friday, Donald Trump will announce to several journalists, aboard Air Force One, his intention to ban TikTok in the United States. And before the questions about how he would do it, his answer was “I have authority for it”, alluding to the possibility of doing it by an executive order.
It’s without doubt that that of security is a shadow that looms ever closer to TikTok. Just a few weeks ago we talked about how several companies were considering banning its use from their employees, and also we cannot forget that the company belongs to ByteDance, a Chinese company, the country with which Trump has collided since his arrival in 1600 Pennsylvania. Avenue. And if we add to this that the platform was used to boycott a campaign act, animosity (perhaps mutual) is even better understood.
The eyes of the US administration have already started scrutinizing TikTok in 2017, when ByteDance acquired musical.ly, a very similar service that ended up being merged with TikTok. Some suspicions that have only increased with the passage of time, and that have been triggered by the recent ban of the service in India, last June.
As a possible solution to the problem, ByteDance has proposed to reduce to zero its participation in TikTok, thus opening the door for some other company, probably from the technology sector and, of course, preferably from the United States, to replace the Chinese company in the shareholding of the service. A situation that has given rise, of course, to speculation about which companies may be interested in this operation.
The New York Times cites anonymous sources to mention Microsoft, and The Wall Street Journal dedicates an article to analyze this possibility, giving it as an excellent option for those from Redmond. The doubt arises, of course, when asking if the divestment of ByteDance would be enough to preserve TikTok in the United States. And it is that, on that response, it depends on whether the fashionable service among the youngest has to leave the United States or, on the contrary, that it can continue to operate normally, and with the approval of the local authorities.
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