Under the Trump administration, Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat won’t be available on the App Store and Play Store from Sunday night unless they come up with a deal with the US. The reason behind the move comes from concerns that the apps could potentially be a threat to national security.
The new ban over the app will impact only new downloads and updates giving ByteDance, the parent group of the apps, some time to strike an agreement regarding its operations in the US. From Sunday, the messaging, social media and payment app, WeChat will face harsher restrictions. For existing TikTok users, the ban won’t bring significant changes until November, when a new ban affecting the technical transactions will be imposed leading to a more effective restriction of the app.
In response, China’s Commerce Ministry expressed its opposition by saying, “If the US side obstinately clings to its course, China will take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.”
Trump had mentioned that there are other great options that can keep people happy, but ensuring total security from China is essential. The ban on the download of the apps can still be revoked by the President if ByteDance can settle the concerns regarding user safety by sealing a deal with Oracle.