US Bans WeChat, TikTok Citing National Security
The government said its order, previously announced by President Donald Trump in August, will "combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data."
- Published 18 September 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will ban the use of WeChat Sunday to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The Chinese app TikTok will also be banned by Nov. 12, but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said early Friday on Fox Business News that access to that app may be possible if certain safeguards are in place. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’…