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U.S government to block downloads of TikTok and WeChat from 20 Sep

By Cookie Monster - on 18 Sep 2020, 8:48pm

U.S government to block downloads of TikTok and WeChat from 20 Sep

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Despite having Oracle as its "trusted tech partner", the U.S government says it will issue a order soon to block downloads of TikTok and WeChat in the country from 20 September. 

According to Reuters, U.S Commerce officials say the action is necessary to "protect users in the U.S by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality".

The order will "deplatform" TikTok and WeChat from Apple's App Store and Google Play, and other entities from offering the apps on any platform "that can be reached from within the U.S". In addition, users in the U.S are not required to remove the apps and can continue using them, but there will be no updates or new downloads. 

Unlike the revised export rules on Huawei, this order will still allow U.S companies to do business on WeChat outside the U.S. It will also not affect transactions with WeChat-owner Tencent Holdings' other businesses, and the two apps will still be available on the App Store and Google Play outside the U.S. 

U.S Commerce officials added that the order can be retracted by U.S President Trump before it takes effect on Sunday.

Source: Reuters