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Commerce Department To Ban TikTok And WeChat In The US On November 12

Commerce Department To Ban TikTok And WeChat In The US On November 12

The US Department of Commerce will ban the download of the TikTok app from September 20 and its use from November 12, if the app does not fix the problem related to the threat to national security, according to a release from the US Department of Commerce.

"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 Ministry of Commerce said.

At the same time, the media previously reported that the American Oracle and ByteDance would create a new company TikTok Global with headquarters in the United States, where Oracle will be a minority shareholder and ByteDance — the majority. And on Thursday, according to media reports, both companies and the US Treasury previously agreed on the terms of the purchase of TikTok assets.

"The President (US President Donald Trump) has provided until November 12 for the national security concerns posed by TikTok to be resolved. If they are, the prohibitions in this order may be lifted.," the report says.

The US administration accuses TikTok of allowing the app to transmit American data to Chinese authorities. Its owner, ByteDance, denies this. Meanwhile, Trump in August signed Executive orders "on combating the TikTok threat" and "on combating the WeChat threat", in which he gave about a month to stop any transactions with ByteDance in the US jurisdiction.

The deadline expires on September 20. The second bidder for its acquisition, Microsoft, said that ByteDance refused to enter into a deal with it. And the media, citing sources, write that official Beijing opposes the sale of TikTok assets in the United States, believing that it is better to let the app be banned in the States.

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