Trump orders a ban on TikTok and WeChat downloads from Sunday
Trump orders a ban on TikTok and WeChat downloads from Sunday

The US Commerce Department said: It will issue an order on Friday to prevent Americans from downloading the TikTok video-sharing app of Chinese company ByteDance and the instant messaging app of Tencent of China (WeChat) starting November 11. September.

US Commerce Department officials said President Donald Trump may lift the ban on the recently downloaded TikTok app in the US before it goes into effect later on Sunday if ByteDance reaches an agreement on the fate of its US operations.

ByteDance has held talks with Oracle and other companies to create a new company called TikTok Global to address US concerns about the security of its user data. The company still needs Trump's approval to circumvent the US ban.

Sales reps announced that they will not block any further technical transactions for the TikTok app until November 12, so the company has more time to consider whether ByteDance is closing a deal for its government operations. -united. US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox Business, "Main TikTok will remain unchanged until November 12th."

These measures "will protect users in the United States by removing access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality," the ministry said.

"The request issued by the Ministry of Commerce will result in the cancellation of the two platform applications and the blocking of the Apple App Store and Google Play Store," a senior commercial official told Reuters. In addition to anything "can be accessed from the United States. Other applications on the platform."

Officials said: This case will not prevent US companies from doing business with WeChat outside of the US. This is good news for US companies like Walmart and Starbucks. They use the built-in WeChat applet to facilitate transactions and attract Chinese consumption. by.

The order does not preclude transactions with other Tencent companies, including online gaming operations, nor does it prevent Apple, Google, or any other company from offering TikTok and WeChat outside the United States.

It should be noted that this ban came in response to Trump's order on August 6. The Commerce Department gave 45 days to determine which transactions should be banned as a national security threat. . The deadline ends next Sunday.

Commerce Department officials said they would take extraordinary measures because collecting damage data was too risky. China and the two companies refuse to collect data on US spy users.

"We have taken important steps to combat the malicious collection of personal information by China from American citizens, while promoting our national values, standards based on democratic norms, and the strict application of US laws and regulations," Ross said in a written statement.

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