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Trump to ban TikTok app store downloads in US

The US Commerce Department has recently issued a new order to block people in the US from downloading the popular video-sharing app TikTok as of September 20th, Reuters first reported Friday.

The full order was published by the Department of Commerce on Friday morning. The order reads: “Any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd, shall be prohibited to the extent permitted under applicable law.” It is set to take effect on September 20th.

Officials told Reuters that a Commerce Department rule banning US downloads of TikTok and other Chinese-owned apps like the messaging platform WeChat could be issued as early as Friday. That rule would reportedly go into effect Sunday, September 20th, banning new downloads of both WeChat and TikTok.

In a statement on Friday, TikTok said: “We’ve already committed to unprecedented levels of additional transparency and accountability well beyond what other apps are willing to do, including third-party audits, verification of code security, and US government oversight of US data security. We will continue to challenge the executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.”

Reuters said that the administration’s ban would prohibit Apple and Google from offering any of these Chinese-owned apps in their app stores for US users. The tech companies would still be allowed to offer TikTok to users outside of the US.

US-based companies would not be barred from conducting business with the Chinese-owned apps, like how Walmart and Starbucks allow users to make transactions through WeChat.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Reuters Friday: “We have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”

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