Top US aide expects tough action on TikTok, WeChat Jul 14, 2020 0 612 12345 AFPSan FranciscoWhite House trade advisor Peter Navarro said Sunday he expected President Donald Trump to act firmly against the TikTok and WeChat applications, amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. Trump last week had said he is considering banning the wildly-popular TikTok app as a way to punish China over the coronavirus pandemic.In an interview with Fox News, Navarro argued that “what the American people have to understand is all of the data that goes into those mobile apps that kids have so much fun with... goes right to servers in China, right to the Chinese military, the Chinese Communist Party.”He said these apps can be used to steal intellectual property. “So expect strong actions on that” by Trump, Navarro warned.Fast-growing video-sharing app TikTok belongs to the Chinese group ByteDance and has nearly one billion users worldwide.TikTok has sought to distance itself from its Chinese owners, pointing out it has an American CEO and consistently denying allegations that it shares data with Beijing.WeChat, owned by Tencent, is the main messaging application in China with more than one billion users.Navarro also accused TikTok’s new boss Kevin Mayer, former head of Disney’s streaming platforms, of being an American puppet. On Friday Amazon said it mistakenly sent workers an email telling them to dump the TikTok mobile application from their cell phones because of security concerns.An Amazon spokesperson later told AFP “there is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok.”Democratic campaign teams for the US presidential election have been asked to avoid using TikTok on personal devices and, if they do, to keep it on a non-work phone.The research firm eMarketer estimates TikTok has more than 52 million US users, having gained about 12 million since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. TikTok is especially popular with young smartphone users. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Google to invest $10 billion in India Jul 14, 2020 0 627 Deep COVID-19 hit expected in Q2 earnings season Jul 14, 2020 0 618 UK business struggling with Brexit preparedness: Poll Jul 14, 2020 0 609 Global stocks rise as US earnings season looms AFP London World stock markets advanced on Monday, helped by investor confidence in upcoming US quarterly earnings and the business outlook, and by hopes for progress towards a coronavirus vaccine, dealers said. A .. Coronavirus pandemic batters tourism in picturesque Tbilisi AFP Tbilisi Spring has arrived in Tbilisi but its picturesque old town -- a whimsical mixture of Art Nouveau buildings and mediaeval churches -- is gloomy. Cafes are deserted and restaurants closed, and just a few people .. Lebanese struggle with hardship as currency nosedives dpa Beirut “Lebanon is finished!” shouted a woman inside a Beirut supermarket, visibly shocked by the prices of goods, which have soared due to the continued devaluation of the local pound. “We cannot continue like ..