By Marko Vidrih on The Capital
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has officially named Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE national security threats.
This means that US companies will not be able to use the 8.3 billion government subsidy program, known as the Universal Service Fund, to buy, service or support any equipment or services from these two Chinese telecommunications giants.
The head of the FCC Ajit Pai noted that the corresponding decision was made taking into account a large number of strong evidence. He also added that Chinese companies are subject to Chinese law, so they may be required to cooperate with the country’s intelligence services.
The United States is conducting a large-scale campaign against Chinese television giants. Last year, Huawei was blacklisted in the United States, and in May a new law was passed, the goal of which is to completely cut off the company from the supply of semiconductors. In addition, US authorities are urging other countries to abandon cooperation with Huawei.
On June 17, activists of several public organizations at once urged brands to stop advertising on Facebook. Social networks are accused of failing to protect users from hateful rhetoric. Facebook is allegedly not fighting enough to incite protesters, racism, hatred and misinformation in the run-up to the upcoming presidential election. As a result, the company’s shares fell 8.3%, and Mark Zuckerberg left the top three richest people on the planet.
Author: Marko Vidrih
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