Tiktok September 20

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Sep 18, 2020 September 20th is the deadline the Trump administration gave ByteDance for the sale of TikTok. Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash Trump ordered the selling of TikTok due to concerns about US. Sep 18, 2020 The United States Commerce Department has announced plans to ban TikTok this Sunday, September 20, putting into motion the Trump administration’s August executive order. According to a press.

  • The US Commerce Department announced it will ban US citizens from downloading TikTok and WeChat from Sunday.
  • The order bars Apple and Google from hosting the TikTok and WeChat apps on their US app storefronts.
  • Apple and Google have not yet commented on the order.
  • Sources told Reuters the ban could be rescinded before Sunday if TikTok manages to get the greenlight on its deal with Oracle before then.
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The US will ban all TikTok and WeChat app downloads from Sunday, according to a government order published Friday.

The order, issued by the US Commerce Department, effectively bars US citizens from downloading the two Chinese-owned apps from either Apple or Google's app storefronts.

As of September 20 the Commerce Department confirmed it will prohibit: 'Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates through an online mobile application store in the US.'

In practice, anyone currently using TikTok or WeChat on their phone won't see the apps suddenly disappear. The order indicates the apps will stop being available via app stores, and anyone already using either service won't receive software updates.

One part of the order does imply TikTok's app will stop working from November 12, since US hosting providers and content delivery networks will be barred from providing their services. The order adds: 'The President has provided until November 12 for the national security concerns posed by TikTok to be resolved. If they are, the prohibitions in this order may be lifted.'

Video: Trump Administration To Ban TikTok, WeChat From App Stores Beginning Sunday (CBS Los Angeles)

Trump Administration To Ban TikTok, WeChat From App Stores Beginning Sunday

It is not clear what power the US government has to order Apple and Google to remove apps from their stores. Business Insider has contacted TikTok, Apple, and Google for comment.

Tiktok September 2020 Dances

According to an earlier Reuters report, the ban could still be rescinded ahead of Sunday if TikTok finalizes its deal with US tech giant Oracle before the September 20 deadline.

Oracle and TikTok submitted a proposed deal to the US government for approval on Monday, with an eye to staving off earlier executive orders from President Trump that would ban TikTok if its US business isn't sold.

'Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,' US Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a press statement Friday.


'At the President's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of US laws and regulations,' Ross added.

In two executive orders on August 6 and 14, President Trump characterized both TikTok and WeChat as national security risks because they are owned by Chinese companies.

The Trump administration has accused TikTok of passing along US user data to the Chinese government. TikTok denies this and is currently suing the US government over the order, alleging it was denied due process.


The orders were aimed at forcing TikTok's parent company ByteDance to sell off TikTok's US operation entirely. The deal it has now reached with Oracle is not an outright sale, instead Oracle would take a majority stake in TikTok and be designated its 'trusted technology provider' in the US.

TikTok and WeChat will be banned from US app stores starting Sunday, September 20, per order of the Trump administration.

Regarding further restrictions, TikTok and WeChat's situations differ slightly. According to the US Department of Commerce's press release, WeChat looks to not only be kicked off of US app stores, but also immediately disabled in the US starting September 20. TikTok has an extension until November 12 to address security concerns before the same prohibitions applied to WeChat will also affect it.

For both, starting September 20, any service that transfers funds or processes payments within the U.S. will be prohibited. But for WeChat, the restriction will ban internet hosting services, content delivery network services, and internet transit or peering services. Additionally, the app's code, functions, or services cannot be used in other software or services in the US.

According to the above prohibitions, WeChat will not work at all for US users after September 20. In an interview with Fox Business News, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also stated, 'For all practical purposes it will be shut down in the US, but only in the US, as of midnight Monday.' Tencent, WeChat's owner, has not issued a statement yet.

September Tik Tok Dances

TikTok, on the other hand, will function mostly normally until the November 12 deadline, with the exception being that no security patches or software updates can be implemented. TikTok was in acquisition talks with Oracle and Microsoft, but ByteDance, TikTok's owner, rejected Microsoft's offer. It also appears that Oracle will not buy TikTok outright and looks to instead become the app's 'trusted tech partner' in the US. What the two companies' working relationship looks like is still unclear, but if the administration believes the security concerns are resolved by TikTok and Oracle's 'partnership,' then TikTok could continue operating in the US.

In a statement to the New York Times, TikTok responded to the app store ban: 'We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the US of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.'

September Tik Tok 2020

The ban comes after Trump's executive order on August 6. In it, he argued that TikTok and WeChat collect users' data, which could then be accessed and used by the Chinese government. Ross also said in a statement, justifying the Trump administration's actions by claiming that, 'Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party.'

For the millions of WeChat users in the US, the app will no longer function after September 20. As for TikTok's future beyond November 12, we'll have to wait and see if the Trump administration will approve of Oracle and TikTok's partnership.