Real reason behind Trump’s declaration of war on TikTok

Users around the world have watched new drama episodes over the past Eid, champion US President Donald Trump, his opponent, TikTok, and Microsoft’s guest of honor.

The story of the new movie is summarized in the hero’s attempt, which is the president of the most powerful country in the world, to play the role of a commercial broker to subjugate his Chinese opponent, represented by the application of “Tik Tok” to concede and force him to sell his source of strength to a competitor.

The thriller in the movie is that its end is open to all possibilities and cannot be expected. Will Trump succeed in forcing and subjecting the Chinese Tic-Toke to his authority and winning the deal or that the Chinese opponent will eventually overcome and show us that he is the hero, and what is Microsoft’s role in these events? New players will appear, and what’s the big turning point in the movie?

Chapter One: The Hostility Between America and China is Political

The beginnings show how Trump fiercely fights to prevent “evil” Chinese influence over the world, and in previous parts he is opposing China by placing Huawei’s brother Tik Tok on the ban list and trying to prevent it from selling fifth-generation technologies to his allies around the world under the pretext of threatening national security.

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Trade war between America and China may be the backdrop to recent developments in the Tik Tok case (Reuters)

Chapter Two: The Security Threat … a scene that is repeated in all Trump movies

Trump plays on the security chord, a scene repeated in most of his films, as the scene begins with government officials saying his administration is concerned that the Chinese government may force “Tik Tok” to hand over the information it collects about Americans and use the app to spread a friendly view of China to the world.

And US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared to announce two months ago that Tik Tok posed a threat to national security, and events escalated after the Trump administration launched a Facebook marketing campaign calling on Americans to vote to ban the application due to espionage and threatening national security.

Chapter Three: Trump Trader and Microsoft’s Role

As the world awaits the part in which Trump is deciding to ban Tik Tok in the United States in response to public requests, events have escalated in recent days, particularly since last Friday, when the US President said he would ask the Chinese company, ByteDance, owner of the Tik Tok app, to sell App operations in the United States for a US company, to show Microsoft in the picture as a potential buyer of the Chinese application.

Excitement and suspense between Trump and his statements continued, after he announced that the Chinese application should be sold if he wanted to avoid the ban, and he reaffirmed that his administration does not carry out commercial deals between companies and that the decision to ban the application is a political and security decision, to return later and back again from the decision to give Lit-Talk to terminate the sale of Microsoft within 45 days.

The news says that the reason for Trump’s retreat from the ban decision is a phone call between him and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who convinced the president of the necessity of working on the deal, which could be economically important, especially after Trump’s statement about the need to pay an amount of the sale deal to the US Treasury .

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella convinced Trump to work on the deal (Associated Press)

Chapter 4: The Technical Sponsor: An American Way to Control Technology

Microsoft is an appropriate and strange choice at the same time, the new owner of Tik Tok must be accepted by the Trump administration, and Microsoft remained in the majority of its decisions alongside the Trump government when other tech giants abandoned it.

It also has enough funds to buy Tik Tok and is not a strong player like Facebook and Google in the field of social networks so that it enters the circle of monopoly that the Trump administration is seeking to dismantle.

If successful, the deal raises an important question, which is what will happen to other Chinese technology companies in the United States. Will it need a US “technical guarantor” to ensure its business in the United States?

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted in a weekend interview that the administration was looking into the status of other Chinese software companies that he said were providing data to the Chinese government.

He did not specifically mention the types of Chinese technology his administration is seeking to prevent, but for example, Lenovo is one of the largest laptop computers in the country, and it owns Motorola to manufacture mobile phones.

US officials have also previously expressed concerns about Chinese DJI, which makes Mavic drones a legitimate target of the current administration.

If tensions between the United States and China continue to escalate, all technology companies in China may find it difficult to operate in the United States unless they find an American guarantor who guarantees their operations on American soil.

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Social media giants Facebook, Google and Twitter are not the preferred sponsors (Reuters)

Chapter Five: The Tulsa Accident…Do you break the puzzle of the last chapter in the movie?

Between political, security, economic, and technical, analyzes fluctuate around Trump’s motives for the sweeping attack he launches on a video app that most of his users consist of teenagers, but there are two incidents that may enable the public to anticipate the true motive of Trump.

The first incident is the reports published by Reuters about Trump advisors about the real reason Trump recently retracted the application ban after he refused the deal with Microsoft, stressing that the reason for the retreat is his fear that this decision will lead to the loss of a wide segment of young voters who oppose blocking their favorite application, Which will weaken his electoral position during the next two months.

This incident leads us to another incident that was covered by Forbes in a report entitled “Is this the real reason for Trump’s desire to ban Tik Tok?” It has published a theory that has been circulating among Tik Tok users since the ban was first announced a few weeks ago.

The theory says the ban is not related to national security, economics, technology, or even foreign policy, but rather has to do with Trump’s electoral rally in Tulsa and Oklahoma, last June.

Where the incident represented a catastrophic failure of the Trump election rally after it was scheduled to attend nearly 20 thousand people after months of closure due to the Corona virus.

Tik Tok and the other online youths destroyed the gathering when they orchestrated a campaign to record event tickets.

The Tulsa incident siphoned off Trump’s campaign from the same cup he gave to Clinton (social media)

“It’s a theory,” says the Forbes report. “Certainly no one but Trump and perhaps some other White House residents understand the president’s true motives for the embargo. But it is a logical assumption and timing reinforces this assumption.”

Trump announced last June that he wanted to organize a conference in Tulsa on June 19, and quickly formed a campaign on Tik Tok and Twitter a week before the conference, aimed at flooding the Trump campaign site with reservations for tickets to attend the conference with fake names, phone numbers and emails Then they did not attend the event.

In theory, this move would give the Trump campaign false hopes of a large crowd arriving and making them look stupid when only a few attend.

The Trump campaign said just before June 20 that it had nearly a million registered to attend, but when the big night came, the hall in Tulsa was almost empty, as televised broadcast showed Trump on a platform surrounded by large areas of empty blue seats.

The online campaign against him succeeded, although it was not the only reason for the low attendance, as the epidemic certainly kept people in their homes.

About two weeks after the incident, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the first official close to Trump to speak publicly about a possible ban on Tik Tok, and this was a dramatic escalation of the federal government’s stance on implementation.

Thus, within weeks, the issue of the Tik Tok application became the primary concern of a few conservative senators who asked the White House to define the application as a major national security issue that required swift action.

The end: Is Trump afraid of the technology that brought him to the White House?

Russia’s alleged interference in the previous US elections in favor of Trump is a nightmare chasing the Americans and the social media companies that were the tool used in this manipulation, but the current election race may reveal the cover of a nightmare coming from the east in the form of a Chinese social media spread among the hands of American voters that can overthrow With the current president of America and the next candidate.

To the extent that this expectation represents a nightmare for Trump and his team, it is a dream of many, not only from his political enemies internally and externally, but even by a large segment of Americans who will accept this scenario even if it is in Chinese hands.

Will Trump fall into the hole he used previously for rival Hillary Clinton? This is what we will see in the next episode.

Source: Al-Jazeera on websites

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