Potential TikTok Ban Draws Criticism

Potential TikTok Ban Draws Criticism

Daniel Molina
Daniel Molina
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August 4, 2020

Over the weekend, President Trump (R) drew criticism over his focus on wanting to ban the social media platform TikTok.

The President slammed the platform and called it a spying apparatus for China.

This comes during a time when Republican lawmakers have largely slammed China over the technological threat it poses to the United States.

In response, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D) took to Twitter to criticize the President’s focus, questioning that “with more than 150,000 dead due to COVID19, our economy is a free fall, and federal unemployment benefits lapsing for millions of Americans, does President Trump really have nothing better to do than take down a social platform he does not like?”

The President has not responded to the criticism, but information has been released regarding big tech companies trying to avoid the ban.

Shortly after Trump made the announcement, it was announced that Microsoft is considering a buyout of TikTok. Officials from Microsoft and representative executives from TikTok have been involved in ongoing discussions with the White House in order to prevent the Trump administration from making the move.

In a statement released by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Satya commented that “Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns,” adding that Microsoft “is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury.”

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Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina

Daniel Molina was the Opinion Editor of his high school’s newspaper, and he was also Editor-in-Chief of Miami Dade College’s Urbana literary and arts magazine wherein he also won the 2013 FCSAA Best Fiction Story in the State of Florida Award. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in English Literature. Hobbies in his free time include reading, writing and watching films and basketball.
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