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 questioned applications from China, accusing them of being a threat to national security. TikTok, for example, has been 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 new set of rules targeting two of China's most popular Chinese applications – TikTok and WeChat. They will no longer be found in the US giants' app stores starting Sunday, according to the New York Times.
The two applications are used by more than 100 million Americans, American journalists say, and Trump has hit China in one of his areas of interest. In the case of WeChat, the new rules mean that the transfer of funds and the processing of payments through the US will be prohibited. Moreover, US companies will no longer be allowed to cooperate with the Chinese in any form, nor will they be able to use the application code in other services or software.
The same prohibitions 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 ensure our national security and to protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party. Trade Secretary 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 inform the authorities about 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, contest 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.