Trump gives his ‘blessing’ in potential TikTok deal with Walmart, Oracle

President Trump announced that TikTok would be banned from being downloaded on the app store effective Sept. 20, but was pushed to Sept. 27 with a deal. (Photo courtesy of Tech Crunch)President Trump announced that TikTok would be banned from being downloaded on the app store effective Sept. 20, but was pushed to Sept. 27 with a deal. (Photo courtesy of Tech Crunch)

Logan Irwin, Correspondent

Earlier last week, The Trump Administration announced that it would be placing an immediate ban on two very popular Chinese owned web apps, TikTok and WeChat.

President Trump has threatened the ban of TikTok for weeks, claiming that the app gives Beijing access to the personal data of Americans.

WeChat is an app that allows for texting, talking, image and multimedia sharing amongst anyone who has the app downloaded on their phones. It is comparable to WhatsApp, and even standard text messaging.

Over the weekend though, President Trump gave his “blessing” to a newly constructed TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart. Oracle beat out Microsoft to take on the project. 

“I have given the deal my blessing,” Trump told reporters outside the White House on Saturday. “If they get it done that’s great, if they don’t that’s fine too.”

United States Judge Laurel Beeler put a halt to Trump’s plan to ban WeChat Sunday morning however, and said that “she had chosen to grant the motion because the plaintiffs had raised serious questions about whether the order would harm First Amendment rights.”

In doing so, the United States has extended the app store “ban” on TikTok from when it was supposed to begin on Sept. 20, to now Sept. 27. The app can still be installed on mobile devices in the U.S. through this weekend.

According to the HootSuite social platform blog, in the U.S., the TikTok app is most popular among college aged students, from ages 18-24, which accounts for 42 percent of user downloads. 

“I use the app often,” said Savannah Hamm, a JSU sophomore and accounting major. “It is a hobby of mine, but I am usually pretty good about not letting it get in the way of my schoolwork and other responsibilities.” 

Hamm believes that the ban would have positive and negative effects. 

“People like Addison Rae and Charli D’Amelio are now millionaires because of this app, and it has also been a great marketing technique for many businesses,” she said.

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