US Will Block TikTok and WeChat Downloads on Sept. 20

From PC Mag: The executive orders President Trump signed in August are set to cripple both TikTok and WeChat, at least for US users.

Effective Sept. 20, US users will not be able to download TikTok from mobile app stores. WeChat will also be shut down and prohibited from transferring funds or processing payments in the US, the US Commerce Department said today. If a deal is not reached to sell TikTok to a US company by Nov. 12, meanwhile, the app will shut down.

US Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the move is intended to "protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party [and] 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."

More specific details regarding which transactions are prohibited are included in the release, but they include the use of internet hosting, content delivery networks, internet transit and peering services, or mobile apps for the purpose of "enabling the function or optimization of the mobile application within the US."

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