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Trump to Ban US TikTok and WeChat Use to "Safeguard National Security".

The US government will ban downloads of the Chinese-owned TikTok video-sharing app and the use of China’s famous WeChat messaging and payment app to “safeguard US national security.”
By 12 November, TikTok would be blocked, but trade secretary Wilbur Ross said early Friday on Fox Business News that if certain protections are placed in place, access to that app might be possible.
“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 US laws and regulations,” Ross said in a prepared statement.
WeChat, an app operated by China’s Tencent for social media, taxi-hailing, messaging and payment, has a billion users worldwide but is relatively limited in the US, with 19 million users. As of Sunday, WeChat users in the US will be unable to use the app for financial transactions.
In the US, TikTok has 100 m users. Oracle and Walmart, the US tech giant, are in talks with the company to develop a relationship that will resolve the security issues of the Trump administration.
The government has previously said that the use and download of the app to communicate will not be a prohibited transaction, although the ban could “directly or indirectly impair” messaging on the app and people who use it for messaging won’t be subject to penalties.
Commerce officials said Donald Trump could still revoke the ban on new US downloads of TikTok before it takes effect late Sunday as TikTok owner ByteDance races to clinch an agreement on the fate of its US operations.
ByteDance spoke with Oracle and others to develop a new business, TikTok Global, to address US concerns about the protection of the data of its users. To stave off a US ban, ByteDance also needs Trump ‘s approval.
Commerce officials said that until 12 November they would not ban additional technical transactions for TikTok, which allows the company additional time to see if ByteDance can strike an agreement for its US operations.
WeChat is common among Chinese students, immigrants from China and some Americans in China who have personal or business relationships.
WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app which combines Facebook, WhatsApp , Instagram and Venmo-like services. For many in China, the app is an important part of everyday life and boasts more than 1 billion users.

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