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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

Downing eyeing England recall

first_img Downing, who holds 34 international caps and last played for the Three Lions in May 2012, has often been deployed as a central midfielder rather than a winger by Hammers manager Sam Allardyce this season. And the 30-year-old has shone, with his performance in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stoke – in which he created one goal before scoring another – just the latest in a series of impressive displays. England boss Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and friendly clash with Scotland is announced on Thursday, and Downing said: “If he picks me it would be unbelievable – I’d love to play. “I’ve just got to keep playing well and if I can nick goals and create, it gives him a problem to think about. “We’ll see what happens (on Thursday). There are a couple of injuries there and I’ll look at the squad, see what he does and who he picks. “I know he’s been to games and is watching us, so we’ll see. That’s my attitude at the minute. If he picks me, great. If not, I’ll just carry on. “If you’ve been watching us over the last six or seven weeks, I think not only me, but also other players in our team would have a shout for that squad. It will be interesting.” Allardyce, whose side are fifth in the Barclays Premier League, has backed Downing’s claim for a place in Hodgson’s squad. “If they (England) need a centre midfield player either in the three or in the hole, it’s well worth having a look at him, the way he’s played this year,” Allardyce said. “He’s not under the radar for England. Press Association “They have already recognised he has taken a different position – whether that fits into his shape of play is up to Roy to decide, but certainly Stewart’s making big strides to say ‘here I am, I’m playing really, really well’. Downing has the support of his West Ham team-mates as well. Defender James Collins, who also played with Downing at Aston Villa, said: “Stewie is a world-class player. “I think he deserves the recognition as he’s playing superbly at the moment. “He’s probably the driving force of our team. It’s nice to see him getting back in the limelight. “If he keeps playing the way he is, I’d be one of the first to say I’m sure an England call-up’s coming. “I don’t know how much more he has to do to get into the England team. “We have a number of players in our squad who could be pushing – (midfielder) Mark Noble, Stewie, the two full-backs (Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson).” Meanwhile, Allardyce is optimistic Hammers top-scorer Diafra Sakho will be fit to face Aston Villa on Saturday after missing the Stoke game with a shoulder problem. Stewart Downing believes he has played himself into contention for an England recall on Thursday with his recent form for West Ham.last_img read more

Government rejects calls for inquiry into West Ham’s Olympic Stadium move

first_img Press Association Trusts from Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Charlton, Fulham and QPR – as well as two clubs who failed in bids to take over the stadium in Leyton Orient and Tottenham – all called on the Government to open a case but their request was thrown out on Thursday. “West Ham United has a concession at the stadium and their contributions reflect that status. The contract, awarded after an open public competition, has been widely scrutinised and tested in court,” a statement released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport read. “The stadium remains in public ownership (E20 Stadium LLP – a joint venture between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Newham Council) and the profits from its multiple uses will flow to the taxpayer. “The agreement with West Ham United, including their contribution to transformation costs and rent, followed an open competitive process, which was delivered under EU rules, conducted visibly and exposed to significant scrutiny. “The outcome has been tested in the courts and upheld. As the winning bid this constituted the best available return for the taxpayer and secures the commercial viability of a national asset for the next 100 years.” While West Ham will host all of their home matches at the stadium, which will sport West Ham livery and colours, British Athletics also have a deal to take control of the arena for one month every summer – with the likes of the Anniversary Games and the 2017 World Athletics Championships set to be hosted there. The Hammers will take on a 99-year deal as anchor tenants starting from next season but the decision to hand West Ham the keys to the stadium has been questioned ever since it was first announced two and a half years ago. A BBC documentary aired last month pointed out how much West Ham would be saving due to their agreement with the London Legacy Development Corporation and, since then, eight supporters’ groups started a petition for an inquiry into the details of the decision. center_img The Government has rejected a request from a host of supporters’ clubs for an inquiry into West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium.last_img read more