News: From tomorrow, the United States bans WeChat and TikTok downloads
According to sources, the U.S. Department of Commerce will ban U.S. citizens from downloading China’s WeChat and Douyin international versions of TikTok from September 9 on Friday.
According to Reuters, US Department of Commerce officials pointed out that US President Trump (special feature) can still lift the ban before it takes effect. At present, TikTok's Chinese parent company Bytedance is still striving to reach an agreement with the US government, which has enabled TikTok to survive in the United States.
ByteDance has negotiated with the American company Oracle and other companies to create a new company called "TikTok Global", which aims to address US concerns about the security of its user data. But Bytedance still needs Trump's approval.
US Department of Commerce officials stated that they will not ban TikTok from conducting other technology transactions before November 11, which will allow the company more time to see if ByteDance can reach a deal with the US business. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross told Fox Business Network: "The basic TikTok will remain as it is until November 12."
The department said that prohibiting Americans from downloading TikTok and WeChat is to protect American users by eliminating contact with these applications and significantly reducing their functions.
The US Department of Commerce’s ban is to “de-platform” the two English languages and prohibit Apple’s and Google’s app stores or any platform “accessible in the US” from providing the two apps, WeChat and TikTok.
But the ban will not prohibit U.S. companies from using the WeChat platform to conduct business outside the U.S. This is good news for U.S. companies such as Walmart and Starbucks, which use WeChat’s embedded "mini apps" to facilitate transactions and attract Chinese consumption. By.
The ban will not prohibit transactions with other businesses of WeChat app parent company Tencent (including its online game business), nor will it prohibit Apple, Google or other companies from providing TikTok or WeChat apps anywhere outside the United States.
U.S. officials said that after the ban takes effect, WeChat users in the U.S. will feel that the app card has stopped or some functions have been lost. “It may still be usable, but the functions will be much worse.” TikTok users will have similar similarities from November 11. Experience, unless ByteDance can reach an agreement with the United States.
The Ministry of Commerce will not punish people who use TikTok or WeChat in the United States, and the ban will not prohibit WeChat or TikTok's data storage in the United States.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announces when TikTok and WeChat will be delisted in the U.S.
On September 9, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced on its official website that in response to the executive order signed by President Trump on August 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce today announced the ban on mobile applications (app) WeChat and TikTok. Transactions to maintain the national security of the United States.
The U.S. Department of Commerce stated that as of September 2020, 9, the following transactions will be prohibited: any service that publishes or maintains WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, their constituent codes, or application updates through the online mobile application store in the United States;
Any service provided through the WeChat mobile application for transferring funds or processing payments within the United States.
Provide any Internet hosting services within the United States to support the functionality or optimization of mobile applications;
Provide any content distribution network services in the United States to support the operation or optimization of mobile applications;
Internet transmission or exchange services directly contracted or subcontracted in the United States to realize the functions or optimization of mobile applications;
In the functions of software or services developed or accessible in the United States, use the code, functions or services of the above mobile applications.
The U.S. Department of Commerce stated that if the U.S. government determines that WeChat or TikTok’s banned behavior has been copied in some way by other applications, beyond the scope of these executive orders, the U.S. President has the right to consider whether additional orders are needed to resolve such activities.
The US Department of Commerce stated that US President Trump signed the "Executive Order No. 13942" and "Executive Order No. 13943" to restrict TikTok and WeChat mobile applications in the United States.