Unfortunately, as of August 6, 2020, Executive Censorship Orders are now a reality in the United States of America.

This is a reminder that F-Droid.org was built to be an open, censorship-resistant alternative to the Google Play store for Android devices. It's easy to install, and it's an important way to protect your mobile devices against Executive Censorship Orders, for the free & open apps installed from there.



I agree that banning a specific company or companies is a bad idea, but I think that calling this a censorship order is a misnomer, since it's a business regulation not a speech regulation.

The right answer is to ban activity (data collection and transmission). This would have a real effect on privacy, rather than just be political showmanship.


This is no simple business regulation. Aside from not being equitably applied as you say, there are no reasonable remedial actions identified in the EO that ByteDance can take to come into compliance. The only plausible outcomes appear to be:

- the order is not implemented for legal or political reasons, or
- TikTok is banned from app stores, impacting the free expression of millions of users.

That's what makes it a censorship order, in my view.


@eloquence It's unfair because it's selective, but your position would then say that GDPR is a censorship regulation as well.

Censorship would be if we couldn't have anything TikTok-like.

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GDPR has clear steps that companies can take to come into compliance, and proportionate measures (e.g., fines) if they aren't. The EO has none of those things, making it a censorship order.

Censorship does not need to be all-encompassing ("every mention of Tiananmen Square", "every 15 second video app") to be censorship. It can also be selective (_this app_, _this video_, _this copy_).

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