Trump Administration Set to Ban TikTok and WeChat

Tik Tok by Kon Karampelas is licensed under Unsplash License
The Trump administration is set to ban downloads of China-based social media apps TikTok and WeChat, the Department of Commerce announced Friday.

"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," Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

While the download ban on both apps will take effect on Sunday, a full TikTok ban is set to take place on Nov. 12, the deadline for China-based parent company ByteDance to transfer the app's U.S. operations to an American company. California-based tech giant Oracle is reportedly in the final steps of securing a deal.

The order will also block transactions on WeChat and bar American companies from providing internet services to the Chinese messaging app, which will leave it "shut down in the U.S.," according to Ross. While TikTok will still function for users after Sunday, they will be blocked from downloading the app or installing updates.
Tik Tok by Kon Karampelas is licensed under Unsplash License