Trump administration bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores beginning Sunday

- WASHINGTON POST - Sep 18, 2020 -

Jeanne Whalen, Rachel Lerman and Ellen Nakashima

TikTok chose Oracle as its "technology partner" in the U.S. on Sept. 13, but the details, and whether President Trump will approve the partnership, are unknown. (Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post)

The order banning the apps is unprecedented in the U.S.

The Trump administration said it is banning China’s TikTok and WeChat from mobile app stores beginning late Sunday in an unprecedented move that further unravels the United States’s quickly deteriorating relationship with China.

The White House will take additional action to curb WeChat’s use beginning Sunday and will give TikTok until Nov. 12 before further limitations kick in.

Western companies and bankers are still wrangling with TikTok’s owner, the White House and Chinese authorities to try to arrange a sale of some of TikTok’s business. The short-form video app has seen explosive growth in the United States, where its users number in the tens of millions.

“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 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.”


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