An editorial in the Global Times, a Chinese state-owned media outlet, on Tuesday, Aug. 4, sharply accused the Trump administration after it announced an imminent ban on China’s TikTok application in the United States for national security reasons, Breitbart reported.
On July 31, President Trump said, “As far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States.”
The ban was later postponed when Microsoft announced its intention to acquire the application.
The deadline for the acquisition will be Sept. 15, 2020.
India has also banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese applications from its country amid a nationwide boycott over the Himalayan border incident where 20 Indian soldiers were killed.
The editorial accuses the U.S. government of wanting to ban the application because it has become too popular in America and competes with U.S. social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
To back up this point, it gives the example of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who during the recent hearing with the Congressional Judiciary Committee was the only one of the large corporations present who attacked the CCP saying that there is ample evidence of the intellectual property theft on American soil.
It also accuses the president of wanting to ban it because young Americans using TikTok are anti-Trump and gives the example of the young people who bought tickets to President Trump’s rally in Tulsa but ultimately did not attend.
The editorial represents an irony from start to finish.
“China has never banned U.S. high-tech companies from doing business in the country. What the Chinese government [Chinese Communist Party (CCP)] demands is that what they do in China should comply with Chinese law,” the article states.
Both Facebook and Twitter are banned in China because information can be freely exchanged on these platforms and this could eventually lead to the Chinese accessing topics that are censored by the CCP.
The case of Google
An MIT Technology Review report explains why Google left China: “China’s search engine was launched in 2006 and abruptly pulled from mainland China in 2010 amid a major hack of the company and disputes over censorship of search results.” As far as “censorship” in the results is concerned, it is what the editorial calls “the Chinese law,” that is, censorship by the CCP.
It can be said that in the United States there is also censorship, and conservatives have complained about social networks selectively censoring opinions that are not in line with liberal or left-wing principles. However, it would be unconscionable to compare censorship in the United States with that in China, where the CCP is censoring of every sort and committing inhumane abuses against minorities and religious groups, which often end in death.
The editorial was not fortunate enough and most of the comments in the note praise the United States for the announcement and call for a ban on all Chinese applications until the CCP opens its cyberspace, a sign of the growing anti-Chinese sentiment of this time.