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Trump moves against Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat apps

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President Trump broadly prohibits unspecified ‘transactions’ with Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat via executive order in 45 daysBy TALI ARBEL AP Technology WriterAugust 7, 2020, 8:30 PM1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK -- President Trump is broadly prohibiting unspecified ‘transactions’ with Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat via executive order in 45 days. Trump had threatened a deadline of Sept. 15 to “close down” TikTok unless Microsoft or “somebody else” bought it. Video app TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance;,Microsoft and Tencent, which owns messaging app WeChat, had no immediate replies to questions. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday had said that the U.S. government was expanding its crackdown on Chinese technology b
Donald Trump demands US gets ‘large percentage’ of any TikTok sale

Donald Trump demands US gets ‘large percentage’ of any TikTok sale

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Donald Trump has said the US should receive a "large percentage" of the proceeds from any sale of TikTok to Microsoft.The US president argued America will make a buyout of the Chinese-owned short-video app possible, and so deserved a share of the deal. Washington argues the firm poses a national security risk because of the personal data it handles and Mr Trump has warned he will ban the service in the US next month without a sale.TikTok has become a further source of heightened tensions between the US and China. An editorial in state-backed English-language newspaper China Daily has warned Beijing will not accept the "theft" of a Chinese technology company. ...
Trump ‘backs’ Microsoft buyout of TikTok after threat to ban Chinese video app

Trump ‘backs’ Microsoft buyout of TikTok after threat to ban Chinese video app

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The Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok could be sold to Microsoft after an apparent change of mind by US President Donald Trump.On Friday, Mr Trump said he intended to ban TikTok from the US because of concerns about the data of American users and he appeared to dismiss the idea of a takeover by a US company. America has repeatedly warned of a security threat from Beijing and accused it of billions of dollars' worth of intellectual property theft. China has denied the claims. Image: TikTok says 100 million Americans use the app But following a discussion between Mr Trump and Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella on Sunday, the tech giant said it had been given the go ahead to negotiate a complete buyout with TikTok's parent compan...
TikTok: Pompeo says Trump to crack down on Chinese software in coming days

TikTok: Pompeo says Trump to crack down on Chinese software in coming days

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US President Donald Trump will take action "in the coming days" against Chinese-owned software that he believes pose a national security risk, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.Mr Pompeo said popular video app TikTok was among those "feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party".His comments came days after Mr Trump said he was banning TikTok in the US.The company has denied accusations that it is controlled by or shares data with the Chinese government.Speaking to Fox News Channel, Mr Pompeo said the action would be taken "with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party." How would the US go about banning TikTok? Should we be worried about...
Republicans to Trump: You can’t delay 2020 election

Republicans to Trump: You can’t delay 2020 election

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Top Republicans have rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion that November's presidential election should be delayed over alleged fraud concerns.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy both dismissed the idea.Mr Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election, as any delay would have to be approved by Congress.Earlier, the president suggested that increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.He floated a delay until people could "properly, securely and safely" vote. There is little evidence to support Mr Trump's claims but he has long railed against postal voting, which he has said would be susceptible to fraud.US states want to make mail-in voting easi...