On Thursday, President Donald Trump issued two executive orders that would ban Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat from operating in the U.S. in 45 days if they are not bought by American companies by then.
The orders do not indicate that a portion of that sale needs to be sent to the U.S. Treasury Department, which the President has been talking about for several days.
This move by the president is largely considered a step in the right direction. We all know about the massive American consumer data that TikTok has collected — and has possibly ended up in the hands of the Chinese regime. It is simply too dangerous to let this continue.
But will the Microsoft acquisition be in the best interest of America? Or to be more specific, will it be in the best interest of the American people? Can American data still end up in the CCP’s hands through Microsoft? What can we learn from China, where the government has control over its people’s data? We will explore these questions in this episode of the China Angle.