TikTok and WeChat will be banned in the United States, according to a new set of rules adopted by the Trump Administration.
The United States has long misunderstood applications from China, which it accuses of being a threat to national security. Around TikTok, for example, the authorities have been hanging around for a long time and the recent partnership with Oracle doesn’t seem to help much either.
On Friday, September 18, the Washington Administration came up with a set of new rules targeting two of China’s most popular Chinese applications – TikTok and WeChat. They will no longer be found in the app stores of the American giants starting Sunday, according to him New York Times.
TikTok and WeChat, banned in the US
The two applications are used by more than 100 million Americans, say American journalists, so Trump hit China in one of the areas of interest. In the case of WeChat, the new rules mean that the transfer of funds and processing of payments through the US will be prohibited. Moreover, American companies will no longer be allowed to collaborate with the Chinese in any form, nor can they use the application code in other services or software.
The same bans on the provision of services come into force in the case of TikTok on 12 November.
“Today’s actions show, once again, that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in a statement.
What is happening now comes after the decrees already signed by Trump, in which he showed that TikTok and WeChat collect data from American users that could be accessed by the Chinese government. The administration has threatened fines of up to $ 1 million and up to 20 years in prison for violating the order.
TikTok therefore has until 12 November to clarify to the authorities the agreement reached by Oracle. If the deal is to Washington’s liking, then the bans could be lifted. In the case of WeChat, however, there is little way back. What is certain, however, is that both applications will no longer be found in the virtual stores of American companies such as Apple or Google. This means that US users who have already downloaded them will no longer have access to maintenance services or updates.
Google and Apple, however, could sue the administration, could challenge the decision. In this case, the NYT points out, the bans will be lifted until a verdict is handed down. US technology companies have spoken out against blocking applications for political reasons.