Trump promises to stop TikTok in the US (good luck with that)

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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.

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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.

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fishouttaH2o
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The TikTok kids did a great job helping trump make a fool of himself at the Tulsa rally. Built an extra stage & actually thought his adoring fans wanted to attend & catch COVID from Herman Cain. Tulsa is a fine city with good people. Can’t find enough stupid people to fill up the arena though despite Oklahoma City, Springfield, MO. & Kansas City being close enough for people to attend if they’d wanted to. Sarah Cooper is a national treasure. She won’t be silenced no matter what the blathering numpty thinks.

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Yeah… more deflection from his horrific economy #’s, the fact that he has people dying all day long because of the Trump Virus … Jared Kushner being thrown to the wolves for attempting to let people die ON PURPOSE because it would benefit them politically… very soon, trump will real the Karma that he has cultivated.