According to a report published by The Wall Street Journal, citing information from people familiar with the matter, United States President Donald Trump was warned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at a White House dinner last October about the potential and direct threat to the US business being posed by growth of Chinese tech firms.
The priority for the US government therefore should be to clamp down on these Chinese firms instead of trying to reining in Facebook, Zuckerberg is said to have argued with Trump, the report claimed.
American values and the nation’s technological dominance was threatened by the Chinese tech firms, Zuckerberg had reportedly warned US officials and lawmakers around the time of the dinner. Further, the same level of freedom of expression as committed by Facebook is not shared by the short video sharing app TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, the tech mogul is also said to have pointed out according to the report.
An inquiry into TikTok in October was called for by Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — who had previously met Zuckerberg in September. Soon fate that the US government launched a national security review involving the Chinese app TikTok which was followed up by Trump issuing an executive order to ban the app this month over concerns of threat to national security posed by the Chinese app.
This weekend, TikTok confirmed that is as planning to launch a legal appeal against the ban.
One of the major competitions to Facebook’s business is presented by TikTok because this social video-sharing app that has gained significantly in popularity in eh US is a direct competitor of Facebook owned Instagram. And analysts have said that advertisers would very likely choose TikTok over Instagram or Facebook because of the sheer size of TikTok’s audience.
Zuckerberg has “zero influence” when it comes to TikTok and that the report has “zero credibility”, White House trade advisor Peter Navarro told the media on Monday.
“Mark has never advocated for a ban on TikTok. He has repeatedly said publicly that the biggest competitors to U.S. tech companies are Chinese companies, with values that don’t align with democratic ideals like free speech. It’s ludicrous to suggest that long-standing national security concerns — raised by policymakers on both sides of the aisle — have been shaped by Mark’s statements alone,” a Facebook spokesperson told the media on Monday:
(Adapted from CNBC.com)