The United States government has recently taken a hard stance towards Chinese-owned video App TikTok, ordering the app to be sold or risk a ban as it seeks to resolve national security concerns.
The recent demand to sell the app is a significant move in President Biden’s administration towards TikTok, which has been under scrutiny for years over concerns that China could request vital users’ data from the app.
The White House had initially been negotiating an agreement with TikTok on the need to apply safety measures to its data, to eliminate a need for the parent company ByteDance to give out vital information on the app.
Meanwhile, the demand for a sale of the app coupled with the White House’s support for legislation that would ban the app has seen President Joe Biden harden his administration’s approach towards TikTok.
TikTok however expressed dissatisfaction at the U.S. government’s decision. In defense of the app, the company claimed that its security proposal which involves storing American data in the United States offered the best protection for users without any breach of private information.
A spokesperson at TikTok said, “If protecting national security is the objective, divestment doesn’t solve the problem, a change in ownership would not impose any new restrictions on data flows or access. The best way to address concerns about national security is with the transparent, U.S based protection of U.S data and systems”.
TikTok further revealed that it has undertaken an effort to transfer all US-based data to the U.S. as part of an initiative it calls Project Texas.
Investors King understands that the U.S. government’s decision to ban TikTok began under President Trump’s administration, in which he made a decision to ban the app unless TikTok parent company Bytedance sold its stake to an American company.
A deal was reached for ByteDance to sell part of TikTok to Oracle, but reports reveal that the deal never came to fruition. Meanwhile, TikTok remains extremely popular and is used by two-thirds of teens in the U.S. Statistics reveal that the app has about 80 million monthly active users in the United States. 60% are female, and 40% are male, and 60% are between the ages of 16-24.
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WhatsApp has introduced a groundbreaking innovation that promises to redefine the user experience.
This new feature allows individuals to simultaneously manage two WhatsApp accounts on a single device, eliminating the need for dual phones.
The eagerly anticipated announcement was made by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, who assured Android users that this feature will soon grace their screens.
Gone are the days of juggling multiple WhatsApp accounts, a task that often required carrying two separate devices. While tech giants like Xiaomi and Oppo had previously introduced app cloning features for multiple WhatsApp instances, WhatsApp’s integrated approach sets a new standard for seamlessness.
This innovation is poised to be a game-changer for users who navigate both personal and professional realms on this ubiquitous messaging platform.
Cumbersome login-and-logout routines and the perpetual concern of messaging from the wrong account will soon be a thing of the past, replaced by a newfound ease of multitasking.
Activating this feature is a straightforward process. Users need only navigate to the ‘Settings’ menu and select ‘Add Account.’ During setup, a second phone with a SIM card or a device supporting eSIM technology is required to unlock the full potential of multi-SIM functionality.
WhatsApp ensures that each account can have its own customized notification and privacy settings, preserving data integrity and personalization.
In addition to the dual account feature, WhatsApp recently introduced passkey support for Android, enhancing security by providing an alternative to SMS-based two-factor authentication.
This latest advancement underscores WhatsApp’s dedication to user convenience, connectivity, and digital identity security, setting the stage for a more organized and efficient way of communication.
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