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TikTok and WeChat downloads banned by U.S. Commerce Department starting Sunday

The U.S. Department of Commerce said today it will prohibit transactions related to TikTok and WeChat beginning on Sunday.

The move would initially ban new downloads of the popular Chinese-owned apps from U.S. app stores. For WeChat, it would also include “any provision of internet hosting services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.” For TikTok, that stricter ban would not take effect until November 12.

The announcement follows an executive order issued by President Trump in August over perceived national security concerns.

“At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

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