Report: Trump To Bar U.S. Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat

Reuters is reporting that the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an order Friday to bar U.S. customers from downloading Chinese owned applications TikTok and WeChat. The order will take effect Sunday, sources told Reuters.

The Trump administration has raised concerns over China’s use of the apps, suggesting the Chinese government may be using the apps to collect information on its users for nefarious purposes.

President Trump gave TikTok a fast-approaching deadline to sell the app to a U.S. company, threatening to ban them from the country if they failed.

Oracle and Microsoft have reportedly been in separate talks with TikTok’s owner Bytdance to purchase the app, but the Chinese government has signaled that it will not allow a sale to go through.

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