US banning use of WeChat, TikTok for national security

PTI Washington | Updated on September 18, 2020 Published on September 18, 2020

The US will ban the use of WeChat from Sunday to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese app TikTok will also be banned by Nov. 12, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said early Friday that access to that app may be possible if certain safeguards are in place

The order on Friday was put into place, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.”

The government previously said that using and downloading the app to communicate won’t be a banned transaction, although messaging on the app could be directly or indirectly impaired by the ban, and people who use it for messaging won’t be subject to penalties.

Some security experts have raised concerns that ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would maintain access to information on the 100 million TikTok users in the United States, creating a security risk.

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Published on September 18, 2020
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