Washington bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

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Washington bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns

On Friday, the US Commerce Department said in a statement that it would erase the ByteDance-owned Chinese small video sharing app TikTok alongside the popular messaging platform WeChat from US app stores, effective on Sunday night.

Aside from that, the Commerce Department had also added that the aforementioned Chinese apps would be barred from accessing internet services in the United States, suggesting a move which in effect would wreak havocs un to the operations of WeChat and TikTok for the US users.

Nonetheless, the popular small video sharing app TikTok, which has been linked with an acquisition talk with the Californian tech behemoth Oracle, might not meet with the drastic decision until November 3 US Presidential election, nonetheless the WeChat users would feel the pinch as early as by Sunday night.

US Commerce Dept. cites national security and data privacy concerns

In point of fact, the US Commerce Department decision to ban the Chinese-owned WeChat and TikTok over conflicting narratives of a potential breach in national security and user data, came against the backdrop of weeks of deal-making efforts regarding the small video sharing app TikTok, while the US President Donald Trump alongside his Administration have been pressing ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese owner, to sell off its US operations to a US-based company in order to allay the concerns linked with TikTok’s data collection alongside related rancors.

Notably, the US-based tech tycoon Oracle had reportedly signed off a deal with TikTok earlier this week, though the details of the deal remained foggy and the US President Donald Trump had rejected the concept of ByteDance holding a majority stake in TikTok’s US operation.

Meanwhile, adding that the US President was open to a decipherable deal for the TikTok’s US operation which might involve Microsoft Corp.

and Walmart Inc. apart from Oracle Corp., Trump said late on Friday, “we have some great options and maybe we can keep a lot of people happy. TikTok was very, very popular….We have to have the total security from China……we can do a combination of both”.