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US banning WeChat, Tik Tok for national security

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|  18 Sep 2020, 22:25
US banning WeChat, Tik Tok for national security
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The Commerce Department will roll out a ban of transactions in the US using TikTok and WeChat starting from Sunday.

The order on Friday was put into place, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, to “combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.”

The government previously said that using and downloading the app to communicate won’t be a banned transaction, although messaging on the app “could be directly or indirectly impaired” by the ban, and people who use it for messaging won’t be subject to penalties.

Some security experts have raised concerns that ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would maintain access to information on the 100 million TikTok users in the United States, creating a security risk.

Source: AP/UNB

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