Starting Sunday, downloads of the massively popular video app TikTok and the messaging app WeChat will be banned in the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Friday September 18.
His administration claimed the Chinese Communist Party was using data collected through these apps to “threaten the national security, foreign policy and the economy of the U.S.”
The statement further says that as of September 20 for WeChat and November 12 for TikTok. It was also stated that TikTok has until November 12 to resolve the national security concerns it poses. If this is done, the ban may be lifted.
The new development comes days after American computer technology giant, Oracle Corporation reportedly won the bidding for TikTok’s US operations after the Chinese app rejected Microsoft.
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