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US to ban WeChat and TikTok app store downloads on September 20

the US Department of Commerce issued an order to prevent residents from downloading TikTok and WeChat, which could take effect on September 20. The order, which was first filled by Reuters, tries to ban downloads from TikTok and other Chinese-owned apps like WeChat in the US. "Any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd will be prohibited to the extent permitted by applicable law," the order reads. The news comes after weeks of TikTok's parent company ByteDance engaged in discussions about selling the app's US operations to a US company. According to The edgeByteDance sought to create a new company called TikTok Global that would allay the Trump administration's concer...
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Trump bans TikTok with executive order, TikTok threatens legal challenge

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order banning transactions with China-based TikTok's parent company ByteDance, as well as Tencent, which owns WeChat. The order also bans both TikTok and WeChat in the United States and will take effect in 45 days. The move comes after a week of heated comings and goings on TikTok, which follows ongoing US concerns about TikTok's ability to spy on people, share data with the Chinese government and spread misinformation. However, these concerns are difficult to address. In recent weeks, TikTok has made great strides to distance itself from China. That included hiring former Disney executive Kevin Mayer as CEO, pursuing a U.S. investment or partial sale to a U.S. company (Microsoft expressed interest in buying part or all of TikTok),...
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Trump claims he’s ready to ban TikTok this weekend

President Trump says he plans to ban China-based TikTok from operating in the US as soon as today. "As far as TikTok is concerned, we are banning them in the United States," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on July 31. Bloomberg Reports Trump said he was ready to sign a document to order the ban as early as Saturday. The threat of a ban has been looming over TikTok since early July. TikTok is a popular social network, especially among teens, that allows users to record short videos and share them. The roots of the social media app go back to Vine, one of the first to release short videos before Twitter shut it down. Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, previously compared TikTok with Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese telecommunications companies seen as threats to...