Presumably this is retaliation for the Million Ticket Stunt that compelled Trump to build a second stage outside the venue in Tulsa. Numerous kids compelled by a K-Pop group decided to over-request tickets. Darn Zoomers. But Trump could be striking back against Sarah Cooper. Perhaps it’s yet another toothless culture stunt to try to offend China.
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — Trump says he’ll act as soon as Saturday to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from US on security fears.
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) August 1, 2020
POTUS made clear he is against proposed spinoff of Tik Tok with a resale to Microsoft or another company.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 1, 2020
This wasn’t made with TikTok 😂 https://t.co/0nwxsRzqWZ
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) August 1, 2020
How to tick tack pic.twitter.com/1Mn8nk363f
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) July 31, 2020
The Trump administration is apparently considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, including the popular video app TikTok. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility on July 7th, saying it was “something we’re looking at” in a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham — and on July 31st, President Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he planned to personally ban the app using his own authority, instead of potentially forcing its Chinese owner to divest it.
The comments could easily have been bluster. But Pompeo also compared TikTok to Huawei and ZTE, two companies that have suffered very real consequences after drawing US government ire. With tension rising between the US and China, Trump trying to ban TikTok isn’t out of the question — and while it’s not nearly as simple as Trump, Pompeo and Ingraham make it sound, it could still cause trouble for the company and its users.
The most intense app bans happen at the network level, blocking any communication between the targeted servers and users in the country. That’s the approach taken by China’s Great Firewall, and it’s how India enforces its recently implemented TikTok ban. (Australia, which is considering a similar ban, would likely take the same approach.) But American law doesn’t have any precedent for blocking software in that way, so it seems unlikely that the White House would be able to follow through on that kind of heavy-handed network censorship.
Teenage TikTok users and K-Pop fans claimed responsibility for the low turnout at President Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday. https://t.co/ZRHUDdJUKN
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) June 21, 2020