News report: Australian leader's WeChat account taken over
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s account on Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat was taken over and renamed, and a lawmaker on Monday accused China's leaders of political interference. Morrison’s 76,000 WeChat followers were notified his page had been renamed “Australian Chinese new life” earlier this month and his photograph had been removed, Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security Chair James Paterson said WeChat has not replied to an Australian government request that the prime minister's account be restored.news.yahoo.com
China says US revoking of China apps ban a 'positive step'
China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that a U.S. move to revoke the Trump administration’s executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step,” amid strained relations between the two countries. “We hope that the US will treat Chinese companies fairly and avoid politicizing economic and trade issues,” ministry spokesperson Gao Feng said at a regular news briefing Thursday. Gao said the U.S. move to revoke previous government actions against apps such as TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step in the right direction.”news.yahoo.com
Rep. Gohmert asks if federal agencies can change the orbits of the Earth and the moon
During a hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources on Tuesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, asked Jennifer Eberlien, an official from the U.S. Forest Service, if the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management could alter the orbits of the Earth or the moon to help fight climate change.news.yahoo.com
Barack Obama privately called Donald Trump a 'madman' and a 'racist, sexist pig'
Barack Obama privately called Donald Trump a “madman” and a “racist, sexist pig” in candid remarks to donors, according to a new book. The 44th president, who has been much more reserved in his criticism of his successor in public, shared his thoughts shortly after Mr Trump was elected. The comments are reported in Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Donald Trump by Edward-Isaac Dovere, a staff writer at the Atlantic magazine. Mr Dovere claims in the book, which will be published next week, that Mr Obama preferred Mr Trump as president over rival Ted Cruz, believing that the hard-right Texas senator would take the country in a dangerous direction.news.yahoo.com
Tencent falls over 5% after hitting an all-time high that pushed it close to a $1 trillion valuation
GUANGZHOU, China — Tencent shares dropped more than 5% on Tuesday — one day after a huge rally pushed its valuation to nearly $1 trillion for the first time. The Chinese internet giant saw its shares hit as high as 767.5 Hong Kong dollars on Monday, rallying 11% at one point. That pushed the company's market capitalization to 7.35 trillion Hong Kong dollars ($949 billion) on Monday. In a research note, Citi raised its target price to 876 Hong Kong dollars from 734 Hong Kong dollars, a 14% rise from Monday's close. UBS also upped its price target on Tencent from 700 Hong Kong dollars to 830 Hong Kong dollars — that's a more than 8% rise from Monday's close.cnbc.com
U.S.-China tech tensions won't go away even if Biden wins election, analyst says
Sheldon Cooper | LightRocket | Getty ImagesTensions around technology will remain between the U.S. and China, even if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the U.S. election in November, according to an analyst. The Trump administration says Huawei and other Chinese technology companies could collect American user data and hand them over to Beijing, a claim both Huawei and TikTok have denied. "Imagine a scenario where Biden becomes president, I don't think on the technology issues … (they) are going to go away in any meaningful manner," said Taimur Baig, chief economist and managing director at DBS Group Research. I don't think the U.S. elections outcome per se makes things infinitely better for China. "So I don't think the U.S. elections outcome per se makes things infinitely better for China.cnbc.com
Tik Tok's new headquarters could potentially move to the Lone Star State
Tik Tok's new headquarters could potentially move to the Lone Star StateTrump approves of the new Tik Tok deal, and the new headquarters could possibly be in Texas. (Photo by Phil Barker/Future Publishing via Getty Images) Trump approves of the new Tik Tok deal, and the new headquarters could possibly be in Texas. The news of the new Tik Tok headquarters moving down south comes after Governor Greg Abbott tweeted Saturday that he pitched Trump on moving the TikTok headquarters to the Lone Star state. “I let him know that if he approves the deal Texas would be the perfect place for the HQ. I let him know that if he approves the deal Texas would be the perfect place for the HQ.chron.com
VPN interest surges in the U.S. as TikTok and WeChat users panic about access to Chinese apps
LONDON — Interest in virtual private network (VPN) software surged in the U.S. over the weekend as citizens realized President Donald Trump could soon block their access to Chinese-made apps like TikTok and WeChat over national security concerns. Chinese citizens use the software to access apps like Facebook and Google, which are blocked by the Chinese Communist Party. U.S. citizens could theoretically use a VPN to try to bypass a government block on TikTok or WeChat. Harold Li, vice president of ExpressVPN, told CNBC: "We saw a 20% increase in traffic to our website from the U.S. following Trump's initial announcement of a potential TikTok and WeChat ban in early August." Since TikTok aims to reach Generation Z, the 'mobile-first' generation, I presume it might be connected," they said.cnbc.com
Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat
NEW YORK – A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. The group of WeChat users requested an injunction after the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it would bar WeChat from U.S. app stores and keep it from accessing essential internet services in the country beginning Sunday at 11:59 p.m. The Trump administration has targeted WeChat and another Chinese-owned app, TikTok, for national security and data privacy concerns, in the latest flashpoint amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. Furthermore, specific evidence about WeChat posing a national security threat was also “modest,” she wrote. The dispute over WeChat and TikTok is the latest attempt by the Trump administration to counter the influence of China.
Judge halts Trump administration order banning WeChat from Apple and Google app stores
The Tencent Holdings Ltd. WeChat app is displayed in the App Store on a smartphone in an arranged photograph taken in Arlington, Virginia, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. WASHINGTON — A U.S. judge in California halted the Trump administration's ban on downloads of the Chinese-owned app WeChat early Sunday. The move blocks the Commerce Department from forcing Apple and Alphabet's Google to remove Tencent Holding's WeChat for downloads by Sunday evening. So, we do expect it may be usable but it may not be particularly functional after Sunday," a Commerce Department official said. Commerce Department officials also said on a call with reporters that they were preparing for a long legal battle.cnbc.com
Trump backs proposed deal to keep TikTok operating in US
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company. Trump said if completed the deal would create a new company likely to be based in Texas. “We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the U.S. administration and settle questions around TikTok’s future in the U.S.,” TikTok said in a statement. On Saturday, Trump said the U.S.-based TikTok “will have nothing to do with China.” TikTok says it has 100 million U.S. users. Earlier Saturday, WeChat users asked a U.S. judge to block the government's actions, saying they would restrict free speech.
Q&A: What does banning TikTok and WeChat mean for users?
The order disallowing TikTok and WeChat from smartphone app stores takes effect Sunday, as do additional restrictions on the use of WeChat. For WeChat users, the order won't prohibit individual users from sending texts or making payments. For TikTok users who've already downloaded the app, it should still work normally for now. App users can try to use virtual private networks, or VPNs, to disguise their location and pretend they're in another country. A federal judge in California appeared sympathetic to WeChat users in a hearing Saturday but did not immediately issue a ruling on their request for an injunction against the government.
US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns
TikTok won't face the most drastic sanctions until after the Nov. 3 election, but WeChat users could feel the effects as early as Sunday. The order, which cited national security and data privacy concerns, follows weeks of dealmaking over the video-sharing service TikTok. Trump had said this week that he does not like the idea of ByteDance keeping majority control of TikTok. The administration, however, has provided no specific evidence that TikTok has made U.S. users’ data available to the Chinese government. Some cybersecurity experts question whether the administration's efforts are more political than rooted in legitimate concerns about Chinese threats to data security.
Trump to block downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday
When asked about the TikTok deal during a press conference Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump said it could happen "quickly," and pointed to the U.S. companies involved, like Oracle. The Commerce Department announced Friday morning that it will ban U.S. business transactions with Chinese-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok on Sunday. The rules that start Nov. 12 include provisions that block U.S. companies from providing internet hosting and services for TikTok. In an interview with Fox Business on Friday, Ross said the bans will affect TikTok and WeChat differently at first. So there's still a chance for TikTok to survive Trump's executive order, but WeChat is considered dead in the U.S., according to the official.cnbc.com
China detains 23 in crackdown on Inner Mongolia protests
In this image made from video taken in August 2020, parents gather behind a police line outside a school in Tongliao in Northwestern China's Inner Mongolia region. Ethnic Mongolians, including students and parents, in Chinas Inner Mongolia region are demonstrating their anger in rare public protests against a new bilingual education policy that they say is endangering the Mongolian language. (AP Photo)TAIPEI Police in China's Inner Mongolia region have detained at least 23 people following protests last week against a new policy that replaces Mongolian-language textbooks with Chinese ones in classrooms. Others were for flagrantly insulting a deceased former leader of the country and sharing videos in a WeChat group to obstruct the implementation of the national textbooks policy. WeChat is a popular messaging app in China. There are still many young people, middle-aged people and herders who cannot use Mandarin for basic communication, said a Q&A published by the state-backed Inner Mongolia Daily.
Trump orders Chinese owner of TikTok to sell US assets
President Donald Trump walks over to speak with the press after arriving on Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J., Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Trump heading to New York to visit with his younger brother, Robert Trump, who has been hospitalized in New York. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Friday gave the Chinese company ByteDance 90 days to divest itself of any assets used to support the popular TikTok app in the United States. Trump on Friday also ordered ByteDance to divest itself of "any data obtained or derived" from TikTok users in the U.S.Microsoft is in talks to buy parts of TikTok. TikTok said it spent nearly a year trying to engage in good faith with the U.S. government to address these concerns.
How social media reacted to President Trumps Executive Order against TikToks parent company
HOUSTON President Donald Trump issued executive orders against TikTok and WeChat Thursday night, prompting reactions from social media users on Twitter. The Executive Order came after the U.S. accused Chinese tech firms ByteWave and Tencent of automatically capturing vast swaths of information from its users, such as location data and browsing information. The executive order is set to go in effect for 45 days. Stephanie Jill Roberts (@Stepherpsu) August 7, 2020Hopefully this supposed Tiktok ban wakes people up to how their data is mined and packaged for sale. Adolwulf MUFC (@Adolwulf) August 7, 2020Ban Facebook instead of Tiktok cheese connoisseur (@Isabellecreager) August 7, 2020instagram: *sees tiktok is getting ban*instagram: this is our chanceinstagram: NOW INTRODUCING REELS dacia (@Dacia_k_) August 7, 2020alright trump can you NOT ban tiktok please.
President Trump signs executive order against TikTok parent, effective in 45 days
HOUSTON In the latest move against China, President Donald Trump signed an executive order against the parent company of popular video app, TikTok, that will go into effect in 45 days, according to a report from the Washington Post. Trump previously said the app was a threat to national security as tensions between China and the U.S. have escalated. Per the order, all U.S. companies and people in the country will be prohibited from transacting with ByteDance, TikToks parent company. pic.twitter.com/1zR4HgCPVj Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 7, 2020The order further states that TikTok reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deeps politically sensitive.Trump reportedly also signed a similar order against China-based app, WeChat. MORE: @realDonaldTrump has also signed a similar order banning transactions with WeChat.
Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat
NEW YORK President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered an unspecified ban on transactions with the Chinese owners of the consumer apps TikTok and WeChat. Trump had threatened a deadline of Sept. 15 to close down TikTok unless Microsoft or somebody else bought it. TikTok, Microsoft and WeChat owner Tencent had no immediate replies to queries. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that he was expanding the U.S. crackdown on Chinese technology to personal apps, calling out TikTok and WeChat by name. WeChat and its sister app Weixin in China are hugely popular messaging apps.
Tencent pledges $70 billion investment in high-tech areas as Beijing pushes digital infrastructure
Chinese technology giant Tencent will invest 500 billion yuan ($69.9 billion) over the next five years in areas from cloud computing to artificial intelligence, a move boosted by Beijing's calls to push digital infrastructure. Tencent's investment plans would bolster competition with China's other technology giants, such as Alibaba to Baidu, in emerging technology areas. China's technology giants have been sharpening their focus on "new infrastructure" this year. E-commerce giant JD.com created a new Cloud and AI business unit this year to focus on the two areas of technology. Meanwhile, Alibaba said in April that it would invest 200 billion yuan over three years in its cloud computing division.cnbc.com