The deal between Oracle and TikTok parent ByteDance that was announced on Wednesday was not enough to convince the Trump administration that TikTok won’t steal user data belonging to its American users. As a result, U.S. downloads of the short-form video app will be banned after Sunday night. Also banned after Sunday will be U.S. downloads of WeChat, China’s extremely popular Swiss Army Knife of an app that handles messaging, electronic payments and more. Such payments and the transferring of funds within the U.S. through the app will be banned after Sunday night.
Starting Monday at Midnight, downloads of TikTok and WeChat will be banned in the states
In a statement, the Commerce Department said that TikTok, with over 100 million U.S. users, will have until November 12th to remove the threat to U.S. national security, which means that there is still the opportunity for ByteDance to agree to a deal with Oracle or another U.S. firm that would allow the administration to rescind the ban. We could see a record number of U.S. TikTok and WeChat installs from the App Store or the Google Play Store this weekend as those without these apps on their mobile devices download them before the ban. Those who already have installed TikTok will be able to use it at least until November 12th. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said today that “As to TikTok, the only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance.” Ross added that, “For all practical purposes it will be shut down in the U.S., but only in the U.S., as of midnight Monday,”
Starting Monday at midnight, U.S. downloads of TikTok will be banned
TikTok, extremely popular among teens, allows users to produce and share 15 or 60 second videos. Content includes lip-synching, dancing, pranks, and more. during the pandemic, the app has been serving as a distraction to those who have been forced to stay inside. It has been downloaded more than 2 billion times from the App Store and Google Play Store. The app makes money by running advertisements.
This is a developing story and will be updated.