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Trump forgets to ban TikTok because the election is over


first_img– Advertisement – But Hunter Biden wasn’t alone this year, as this Verge headline reminds us:TikTok says the Trump administration has forgotten about trying to ban it, would like to know what’s upThis all started in August, when crybaby Donald Trump attempted to ban the social media network, apparently because 1) it has Chinese corporate parents, and 2) K-pop fans used the network to organize signups to Trump’s Tulsa rally—the one he and then-campaign manager Brad Parscale claimed would be attended by 1 million people. Barely 6,000 showed up in the end. – Advertisement – Now, there are plenty of real reasons to challenge the operation of Chinese companies on U.S. soil. China severely restricts or outright blocks U.S. social networks like Facebook and Twitter, as well as Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, WhatsApp, and … well, pretty much everyone else. There is an asymmetry to access to our market versus access to China’s. So there could be a case made for restrictions to TikTok as a retaliatory tactic. But. Yeah, that’s not what Trump was about. He was pissed the network was used to organize against him. And given that it was populated by young users, it didn’t have the conservative presence that has been cultivated on Twitter or Facebook. And finally, Trump decided that the best way to respond to COVID-19 criticisms was to simply blame China. So attacking TikTok worked great as another way to amplify his anger at China for … something. For exposing his own uncaring incompetence? In any case, after Trump announced his ban, TikTok filed suit and has won a series of legal stays of execution in the courts. Yet Trump persisted, finally getting the company to agree to sell certain assets to Trump-backing Oracle Corp. Why? National security. Executive Order on Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok […] TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories.  This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage […]The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.- Advertisement –center_img Wow. Sounds terrible! Our nation’s own security is at risk! But that was then, when there was an election to try and win. Today? The Chinese government blocked that Oracle deal, and how did the Trump administration respond? Crickets. They just … forgot. “For a year, TikTok has actively engaged with CFIUS in good faith to address its national security concerns, even as we disagree with its assessment,” TikTok says in a statement to The Verge. “In the nearly two months since the President gave his preliminary approval to our proposal to satisfy those concerns, we have offered detailed solutions to finalize that agreement – but have received no substantive feedback on our extensive data privacy and security framework.”So all that crap about national security? Never mind. Trump has lost interest. It’s almost as if … it was never about national security? Weird, that. – Advertisement –last_img read more


Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament postponed


first_imgTHE qualifying tournament for next year’s Women’s World Cup has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event – featuring 10 teams, including Ireland – was due to take place in Sri Lanka from 3-19 July.Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are also involved.Three teams will qualify to join England, Australia, South Africa, India and hosts New Zealand in the World Cup, scheduled for February and March 2021.The other teams in the Qualifier, who made it through regional qualification tournaments, are Zimbabwe, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, the Netherlands and the United States.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also postponed the start of the qualification process for the men’s Under-19 World Cup in 2022, with regional qualifying set to begin in Denmark in July.“We will work in partnership with the members to find an appropriate window to reschedule these events as soon as is safe and practical to do so,” said ICC head of events Chris Tetley.“Our priority during this difficult period is to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community and we will take well-informed, responsible decisions in relation to both postponing events and resuming international cricket.”Ireland head coach Ed Joyce said: “The chance to qualify for a World Cup is always a big moment in a player’s career.“The fixture schedule is going to be busy for all nations given the postponements, and we’ll need to develop a preparation programme in the lead-up to the tournament, so we hope the ICC can give ample notification of the new dates.“It is a challenging time for everyone, but we have a resilient young squad and I know they’ll be dedicated to the task once we’re back under way.”There will be no cricket in England and Wales until at least July.(BBC Sport)last_img read more