The United States Government amid amid national security concerns will ban social media apps, WeChat and TikTok from US app stores starting from Sunday, 20 september.
Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, in a statement on Friday said, “Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threat of the Chinese Communist Party.”
The two services are currently used by more than 100 million people in the United States of America.
The restrictions will ban the transferring of funds or processing of payments through WeChat within the United States as from Sunday.
In the case of WeChat, the restrictions will also prevent any company from offering Internet hosting, content delivery networks, Internet transit or peering services to WeChat or using the app’s code in other software or services in the United States, New York Times reports.
The same prohibition on services goes into effect on November 12 for TikTok.
Recall that Trump on August 6 had threatened to ban the app, saying it collects the data of millions of Americans, which could end in the hands of the Chineses Government.
In a press release on Friday September 18, the department stated: ‘In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.
The following transactions will be prohibited:
- Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates through an online mobile application store in the U.S.
- Any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.
The statement further says the following transactions will be prohibited for wechat and Tiktok on 20 september and 12 November respectively
- Any provision of internet hosting services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.;
- Any provision of content delivery network services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.;
- Any provision directly contracted or arranged internet transit or peering services enabling the function or optimization of the mobile application within the U.S.;
- Any utilization of the mobile application’s constituent code, functions, or services in the functioning of software or services developed and/or accessible within the U.S.