TikTok and WeChat will be banned on US app stores from Sunday. Trump initiated the tech fight with China by banning two popular apps which were used by millions of people.
Donald Trump said in a statement that, “The spread of applications owned by Chinese companies threatens the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States.”
The Trump administration says that these apps threaten the national security of the US but China and both app companies denied this fact.
Moreover, TikTok will be banned in the US from 12 November unless the company can assuage the administration’s concerns that the popular social media app poses a threat to U.S. national security. Tiktok is owned by China’s ByteDance, and is currently in talks with Oracle about a deal that could transfer some control to the American software maker. However, if Tiktok resolves the administration’s national security concerns then The Commerce Department can remove the prohibitions.
This happened after the August 6 order from President Donald Trump in which he argued that TikTok and WeChat collect data from American users that could be retrieved by Chinese government. These data included network activity, location data, browsing and search histories. Also, the fine is up to $1 million and up to 20 years in prison by administration if the orders are violated.
TikTok was the app for showcasing talent through digital platforms in a short span of time. It was a creative platform for making short videos and uploading it. Whereas, WeChat was the social media app for messaging. Moreover, both the apps were banned in India on June 29th this year.