Trump will ban TikTok and WeChat Appstore downloads on September 20. The United States bans TikTok. The Commerce Department has announced that after Sunday, September 20, TikTok and WeChat downloads will be banned in the North American country. The announcement comes days after Oracle’s agreement to become TikTok’s ‘trusted technology provider’ in the US.
The announcement TikTok and WeChat ban follows the executive order signed in early August, giving TikTok 45 days to sell its business to a US company. It is unclear if this specific date is a pure bluff or it is a move to close the deal immediately.
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TikTok download or update prohibited
In response to President Trump’s executive orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States.
The ban will affect both TikTok and WeChat, although they report that the “threats posed are not identical,” although they are “similar, as they collect a large amount of user data, including network activity, location data and browsing histories “.
After this Sunday, September 20, the following transactions will be prohibited in the US:
- “Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code or application updates through an online mobile application store in the US.”
- “Any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the US.”
After September 20, application stores such as Google Play or the App Store must eliminate TikTok from downloading or updating. However, nothing is specified about its current installed versions, so users should be able to continue using TikTok without updatess. In the case of WeChat, users will not be able to make payments.
Additionally, from September 20 for WeChat and from November 12 for TikTok, any provision of internet hosting services, network services allowing their operation will be prohibited.
Until November 12, Donald Trump will allow TikTok to “resolve national security concerns” and if they succeed so, “they may lift the bans on this order.” At the moment, from this Sunday the download of TikTok and WeChat will be banned in the United States.