American President Donald Trump recently issued an order that requires TikTok to be purchased by an American company or risk a total ban. Originally, ByteDance (owner of TikTok) had 45 days to do this but the period was extended to 90 days.
Therefore, ByteDance has more or less until the end of the year 2020 to find a buyer for its famous application. This ultimatum from the United States is similar to what was done to Huawei, during which the Chinese company could still operate with American technology, until it was completely banned.
TikTok is under scrutiny by the United States and India due to its aggressive data collection, which leads nations to want it to be espionage linked to the Chinese government. India has even created a blacklist of apps that are likely to be banned in the country, including some from Xiaomi.
TikTok is not the only Chinese app to be banned
Donald Trump issued an order prohibiting transactions made on WeChat by American companies. This ban will take effect on September 20. WeChat is the most widely used social app in China, similar to WhatsApp but that allows you to make transactions, schedule trips and other functions in addition to communication.
It goes without saying that Apple would have to remove WeChat from the American App Store. But without the possibility of operating in the United States, several companies would no longer be able to communicate with their Chinese customers.
According to the famous market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has a lot to lose if WeChat is removed from the app store. In fact, it can lose up to 30% in equipment sales, says the analyst.
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