The U.S. Commerce Department said it will issue an order Friday that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on September 20.
Commerce officials said the ban on new U.S. downloads of TikTok could be still rescinded by President Donald Trump before it takes effect late Sunday as TikTok owner ByteDance races to clinch an agreement over the fate of its U.S. operations.
ByteDance has been talks with Oracle Corp and others to create a new company, TikTok Global, that aims to address U.S. concerns about the security of its users’ data. ByteDance still needs Trump’s approval to stave off a U.S. ban.
Selectively banning entire platforms like TikTok and WeChat violates the First Amendment and does little to protect our personal data from abuse. https://t.co/TKR4ZrGH24
— ACLU (@ACLU) September 18, 2020
BREAKING: US plans to block TikTok and WeChat downloads, Commerce Sec. Ross says, asserting national security and data privacy concerns. https://t.co/KkHNhtGJiA
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 18, 2020
It’s a mistake to think of this as (only) a sanction on TikTok and WeChat. It’s a serious restriction on the First Amendment rights of US citizens and residents–a restriction that the Trump admin should have to justify. https://t.co/grVawpLC29
— Jameel Jaffer (@JameelJaffer) September 18, 2020