As if this year couldn't get any worse

President Trump announced an official executive order last night banning the apps TikTok and WeChat in the US. The executive order will go into effect in 45 days if the apps are not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies to a US buyer. 

The reason behind this is that TikTok allegedly automatically captures users’ information such as location and browsing and search histories, potentially allowing China to track Federal employees and contractors, collect information for blackmail and conduct corporate espionage. 

WeChat, a messaging app that also allows users to send funds to each other, is also now being banned as well for similar privacy reasons. The app was primarily used to communicate between those in the US and China, as China has already banned American messaging apps such as Facebook, Snapchat and WhatsApp. 

Apparently  Microsoft might be making moves to buy TikTok, but no one has made any moves to save WeChat. Losing the messaging app would be devastating to a lot of people, especially because this might be their only way to communicate with friends and loved ones in China. 

Some are even creating petitions to help save their only way of communicating with their loved ones.

Interestingly enough though, there has also been some relief that WeChat might be taken away because some people think that it continues to support the censorship of Chinese citizens.

But honestly there’s so much back and forth it can be hard to keep up. 

And then we have our beloved TikTok. Oh boy. 

There are definitely those that think TikTok is China’s “weapon.”

Then of course there are those who are finding yet another reason to hate on our President.

We can’t forget those that believe banning these apps is a breach of the first amendment. 

And last but not least, there are those few that are just plain happy to see the app gone.

The reactions seem to be all over the place, but honestly maybe banning TikTok is what young people need to make sure they vote in November.

The reactions on the TikTok ban are definitely all over the place. It is curious to note though that the sudden ban of TikTok is happening after the record breakingly low turnout from Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was organized mainly through TikTok. Coincidence? Let us know what you think.