Without access to updates and services: US will block TikTok and WeChat
The US Department of Commerce plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat on Sunday, September 20, as executive orders from the administration of President Donald Trump Trump regarding the two apps are set to take effect. Writes about it CNN.
On Friday, September 18, the department said that any activity to distribute or support WeChat or TikTok on the app store will be prohibited from Sunday.
While users who have already downloaded the apps can continue to use the software, the restrictions mean that no app updates will be downloaded.
"The only real change from Sunday evening will be that TikTok users won't have access to app enhancements, updates or maintenance," said Commerce Chief Wilbur Ross.
The restrictions on WeChat are more extensive. Posting or transmitting WeChat-related internet traffic will be illegal as of Sunday, the department said. The same will be done for TikTok from November 12th.
The Trump administration is currently weighing a proposal involving ByteDance, China's parent company of TikTok, and Oracle to address TikTok-related national security concerns; the conclusion of the deal should take place before November 12.
Further restrictions may be announced at a later date, including for other applications if they are used as workarounds.
In earlier lawsuits, the US government assumed the restrictions on TikTok and WeChat would not be aimed at harming TikTok consumers or employees in the US. TikTok employees will continue to be able to receive salary and benefits, as well as carry out their day to day work.
In a separate filing on September 15, the US government warned that communication via WeChat could be "hampered" by the upcoming blocking, but "users will not be harassed or punished."
“Today's action is further proof that President Trump will do everything in his power to ensure national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” Ross said. “As directed by the President, we have taken important steps to combat China's malicious collection of personal data from American citizens, while promoting our national values and democratic norms.”
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