August 10, 2020

A Ban on WeChat and TikTok, a Disconnected World and Two Internets

Featuring Megan Lamberth

Source: Voice of America

Journalists Adam Xu, Fang Bing, Jiu Dao

President Trump's new executive orders banning Chinese social media apps TikTok and WeChat marked a significant escalation in the ongoing technology tensions between the U.S. and China, according to analysts.

On Aug. 6, 2020, Trump declared that TikTok and WeChat posed a threat to national security and invoked the International Emergency Economic Power Act. He prohibited Americans from carrying out any transactions with the parent companies of TikTok and WeChat beyond 45 days — meaning U.S. companies and individuals will not be able to advertise with the platforms, offer them for download via app stores, or enter into licensing agreements with them.

Read the full story from Voice of America.

Authors

  • Megan Lamberth

    Research Assistant, Technology and National Security Program

    Megan Lamberth is a Research Assistant for the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her work focuses on U.S. government s...