JOE BIDEN/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Just so everyone knows, especially the young people, Crooked Joe Biden is responsible for banning TikTok. He is the one pushing it to close, and doing it to help his friends over at Facebook become richer and more dominant, and able to continue to fight, perhaps illegally, the Republican Party. It’s called […]

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CHINA/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner this week praised former President Donald Trump’s strong stand against TikTok’s ties to communist China. Warner, D-Va., told an Australian newspaper Tuesday during a visit to the country that TikTok posed privacy and national security concerns to the American public. ‘This is not something you would normally […]

Read More… from 10/26/2022


JOE BIDEN/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries, a move with implications for Chinese-owned sites like TikTok and WeChat. Biden revoked and replaced the three executive orders by then-President Donald Trump that sought to […]

Read More… from 6/9/2021


DOJ/SOCIAL MEDIA: “On Monday [Dec. 28, 2020], the Department of Justice filed an appeal of a judge’s order that blocked restrictions on TikTok in the US from taking effect. US District Judge Carl Nichols issued an order December 7th that blocked the Commerce Department’s restrictions on TikTok, which would have prevented new downloads of the […]

Read More… from 12/28/2020


SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP ADMIN: “TikTok has filed a petition in a US Court of Appeals calling for a review of actions by the Trump administration’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The reason, according to the company, is that it hasn’t heard from the committee in weeks about an imminent deadline for parent […]

Read More… from 11/10/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “A judge has temporarily blocked an order from the Trump administration that would have banned TikTok from being downloaded from U.S. app stores. At the end of the day on Sunday, the U.S. government could have forced app stores run by Apple and Google to remove TikTok. But after a hearing on Sunday, […]

Read More… from 9/27/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “TikTok is asking a federal judge to block the Trump administration’s impending ban on its operations in the United States… President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had given his ‘blessing’ to a deal struck by TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, and Oracle and Walmart, which would avert a ban announced by the Department […]

Read More… from 9/23/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “We have some very big news on TikTok. TikTok is moving along. We’re dealing with Oracle, which you know of. Larry Ellison. And we’re dealing with, as a combination, Walmart — Walmart, a great company… And they’ll be making about a 5-billion-dollar contribution toward education. We’re going to be setting up a very […]

Read More… from 9/19/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: [Reporter: “Are you prepared to sign off on the Oracle and TikTok deal, even though the Treasury isn’t getting paid?”] “It has to be 100 percent as far as national security is concerned. And, no, I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal.” [Reporter: “What about the […]

Read More… from 9/16/2020


SOCIAL MEDIA: “TikTok is moving along. We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it. So we’ll either close up TikTok in this country for security reasons, or it’ll be sold.” -Donald Trump, “Remarks by President Trump Before Air Force One Departure,” whitehouse.gov, Sep. 10, 2020 […]

Read More… from 9/10/2020


SOCIAL MEDIA: [Reporter: “Can you give us the latest on TikTok and what percentage you want, if any, of that deal?”] “Well, I told them that they have until September 15th to make a deal. After that, we close it up in this country. And I said that the United States has to be compensated […]

Read More… from 9/1/2020


CHINA/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP ADMIN: “TikTok, the video-sharing application owned by China-based ByteDance, filed a lawsuit Monday against the U.S. government challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to ban the company’s American operations… The Trump administration has expressed concern about U.S. data security and data privacy with several Chinese companies, including Huawei and WeChat. ByteDance argued that is […]

Read More… from 8/24/2020


SOCIAL MEDIA: “Well, I guess Microsoft wants it [TikTok] and so does Oracle, and probably so do other people, but they have to also make sure the United States is well compensated because we’re the ones making it possible. Very simple: We’re the ones making it possible. So our Treasury has to be very well […]

Read More… from 8/18/2020


CHINA/SOCIAL MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY: “TikTok, I broke the deal. I said you can’t do business in the United States. I also said to Huawei you can’t do business in the United States. And I told our so-called allies, that are all over the world, all of which, you know, for the most take advantage of us. We […]

Read More… from 8/13/2020


CHINA/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “At this time, action must be taken to address the threat posed by one mobile application in particular, TikTok… TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories… The United States must take aggressive action […]

Read More… from 8/6/2020


CHINA/SOCIAL MEDIA: “TikTok, a video-sharing mobile application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd., automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers […]

Read More… from 8/6/2020


CHINA/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/SOCIAL MEDIA/TECHNOLOGY: “[T]he spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China (China) continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. To protect our Nation, I took action, in an Executive Order of August 6, 2020… to address […]

Read More… from 8/6/2020


CHINA/SOCIAL MEDIA: “[I]f you look at TikTok, we said, it’s OK if it’s bought, if it’s bought by a secure American company, they can buy the whole thing instead of 30 percent, which is the American component. But, if you buy it, the United States, which is making it possible to buy, because without us […]

Read More… from 8/5/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “I told Microsoft — and, frankly, others — if they want to do it, if they make a deal for TikTok — whether it’s the 30 percent in the United States or the whole company, I say, ‘It’s okay. But if you do that, we’re really making it possible because we’re letting you […]

Read More… from 8/4/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “So, TikTok — TikTok is very successful. It does tremendous business in the United States. People are riveted by it. I mean, I have many friends — when they saw that announcement, they’re calling. And I think their kids love it; they don’t. Because they don’t get to see their kids anymore, but […]

Read More… from 8/4/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “It’s [TikTok] a great asset. It’s a great asset, but it’s not a great asset in the United States unless they have the approval of the United States. So it’ll close down on September 15th, unless Microsoft or somebody else is able to buy it and work out a deal, an appropriate deal. […]

Read More… from 8/3/2020


BUSINESS/CHINA/SOCIAL MEDIA: “[TikTok] can’t be controlled for security reasons by China, too big, too invasive, and it can’t be. Here’s the deal. I don’t mind if, whether it’s Microsoft or somebody else, a big company, a secure company, a very American company buy it. It’s probably easier to buy the whole thing than to buy […]

Read More… from 8/3/2020


CHINA/SOCIAL MEDIA: “We’re looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok. We may be doing some other things. There are a couple of options. But a lot of things are happening, so we’ll see what happens. But we are looking at a lot alternatives with respect to TikTok.” -Donald Trump, “Remarks by President Trump Before […]

Read More… from 7/31/2020


2020 ELECTION/CAMPAIGN/RALLY: “Users on the social media app TikTok are claiming some credit for the disappointing turnout at the president’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the weekend, after a weeks-long campaign to artificially inflate the number of people registered to attend. The prank may have helped lead the Trump campaign to boast about more than […]

Read More… from 6/22/2020