US Commerce Department to Ban Downloading of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday
The United States Commerce Department announced on Friday that the mobile phone users in the US will not be able to download Chinese applications like TikTok and WeChat from September 20 onwards. The officials added that US President Donald Trump could revoke the ban on TikTok before Sunday only if its owner ByteDance signs an agreement with a US-based company for its operations.
ByteDance was reported to be in talks with Oracle Corp to sell out its US operations to address the concerns about the national security. ByteDance now needs to race up the agreement to take Trump’s approval for operations.
“The basic TikTok will stay intact until Nov. 12,” US Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox Business Network.
According to the department, the new sanctions will “protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.”
Following the news, Oracle shares dipped 1.6 percent in the pre-market trading
The new order will make sure that the two apps are removed from the Apple Inc’s app store, Google Play store and other platforms “that can be reached from within the United States,” a senior Commerce official said as quoted by Reuters.
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