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US Banning Use of Popular Chinese Apps TikTok and WeChat

US to ban the downloads of the Chinese popular video app TikTok and the messaging app WeChat. The ban starting from Sunday according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Commerce Department announced Friday morning that it will ban U.S. business transactions with Chinese-owned social apps WeChat and TikTok on Sunday.

The bans are in response to a pair of executive orders issued by Trump on Aug. 6 that gave the Commerce Department 45 days to determine what transactions to block from the apps he deemed pose a national security threat. That deadline expires on Sunday.

The Trump administration said the move was necessary to "safeguard the national security of the United States."

The government is concerned the Chinese-owned apps could threaten national security.

The order will not bar transactions with WeChat-owner Tencent Holdings’ other businesses, including its online gaming operations, and will not prohibit Apple, Google or others from offering TikTok or WeChat apps anywhere outside the United States.

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