On Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, President Donald Trump issued executive orders that sought to effectively ban the use of TikTok and WeChat in the United States. But with the current turn of events, one is left to wonder what the future of TikTok in the United States would be in the coming years.
The internet was thrown into a frenzy with a lot of persons wondering the motivation behind the move to ban TikTok in the United States. Ever since Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, he has not shown any form of discretion in verbalizing how anti-China he is.
I was least surprised when the president issued the executive orders to ban TikTok and WeChat. The apps are owned by Chinese companies. And with the ban, U.S companies and citizens will no longer be allowed to download, use, or advertise with the apps.
Why Is TikTok Getting Banned in The United States?
Why exactly is TikTok getting banned in the United States? Outside my postulations, the executive order sheds some light on the reason for the ban.
TikTok is a social networking app where users can create, share, and watch short video clips. The app is predominant among teenagers and young adults. In the United States alone, TikTok has over 100 million subscribers.
This may have sparked up concerns, and as the executive orders argue, the ban is predicated on threats to national security. Even with that, it is almost safe to say that President Trump was only trying to erode the imprints of the Chinese nation in the United States.
Although we cannot deny that the TikTok app collects Personal Identification Information (PII), this fact is enough to raise some concerns. According to the orders, China could use the data shared by users in the United States for espionage and other related vices.
What Happens If TikTok Gets Banned?
When the TikTok ban takes effect, TikTok users in the United States will not be able to download updated versions of the app. In essence, users will have to make do with the version of TikTok they have just before the ban.
New users may be unable to register and download the app. But then, this move has suffered a stalemate amidst the U.S. elections with Trump’s re-election bid failing.
As president of the United States, Donald Trump has the authority to effect this ban but with the potential change in government and as the seat of power is likely going to swing from the Republican party to the Democrats, the ban is likely to lose grounds.
In the just-concluded U.S elections, former vice president of the United States and Democrats presidential candidate in the 2020 U.S presidential election, Joe Biden polled 290 electoral votes, and 76,994,475 vote counts to defeat incumbent president, Donald Trump.
The landslide victory is sure going to see some changes made and possible removal of some of the policy installations by Trump’s administration.
It is almost evident because hours after Joe Biden was announced winner, he has begun to map out plans for restructuring America.
This should not come as a surprise because the Democratic party has always claimed that the Trump administration was incompetent, and their policies were outrageous.
One of the many policies engineered by President Donald Trump that Joe Biden may revisit is the TikTok ban. On a general note, the U.S – China relationship will be looked into.
Under Trump’s administration, the U.S – China relationship suffered so much strain. This was not so with former President Barack Obama. Obama saw the relationship between the U.S. and China as one of the most important relationships of the 21st century.
The Future of TikTok In The USA After Recent Election Results
Chances are that with Joe Biden at the helm of affairs, he will follow the footsteps of the president he was vice under to strengthen bilateral ties between the U.S and China.
ByteDance is believed to have made a deal with Walmart and Oracle to create a U.S. subsidiary of TikTok, which would be called TikTok Global.
There was a move to supposedly calm the nerves of Donald Trump and make him back down on the TikTok ban.
Well, that didn’t get to him as Donald Trump issued a 90-day ultimatum for TikTok to be sold completely to a U.S. company but we have not seen much of that.
With Trump’s re-election bid seemingly failingly, there’s no doubt the status quo of TikTok will not be changing soon.
Since Joe Biden claims he would be more serious than Donald Trump, he may not show concern about the state of TikTok. It is possible he would be comfortable with the 80-20 company share between ByteDance and Walmart & Oracle.
So, even while uncertainty clouds the future, we can be sure that TikTok is not about to leave America.
Nonetheless, let’s not be quick to forget that Joe Biden is only president-elect and has not been sworn-in. His fate at the moment is similar to that of TikTok until January 20th, 2021.
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