The Trump administration has long been looking to ban the Chinese owned app TikTok. Starting Sunday TikTok and WeChat, also China-owned, will be banned from U.S. app stores.
“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a released statement. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”
Trump to block U.S. transactions with TikTok, WeChat:
-Would block distribution, maintenance of apps in U.S.
-Would block mobile funds transactions within the U.S. on WeChat
-Current U.S. users can continue using apps, software updates won't be available https://t.co/sqUodp38Yj pic.twitter.com/WWhQNbu8mQ
— CNBC (@CNBC) September 18, 2020
An executive order was issued on August 6 that targeted TikTok and WeChat. It argued that the Chinese ties of the apps create a national security threat.
If someone has already downloaded the apps on their phone, this will not affect them. Further restrictions could be coming down the line that could change that.
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