US banning use of TikTok and WeChat

US banning use of TikTok and WeChat
The Chinese company ByteDance owns TikTok (PA)

The US Commerce Department will roll out a ban of transactions using TikTok and WeChat starting on Sunday.

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

The US government previously said that using and downloading the app to communicate will not 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 will not 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.

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