Downloading WeChat and TicketTock will be banned from Sunday, September 20
After the Commerce Department order, these two apps will be removed from the platform in the US. US companies will not be prevented from doing business on WeChat outside the US
Ticketcock’s troubles have reached the next level from today. In fact, the US Commerce Department has said that it will prohibit people in the US from downloading Chinese messaging app WeChat and video sharing app TicTalk from Sunday, September 20.
Commerce Department officials said President Donald Trump could still withdraw the ban on Ticketock’s download in the US before it goes into effect late Sunday. Because Tidtock-owned company Bydance is moving quickly to reach an agreement to save its US operations.
Apps will be removed from Apple and Google store in America
Following the Commerce Department order, these two apps will be removed from the platform in the US. A senior commerce official told Reuters that Apple Inc.’s apps, Alphabet Inc.’s Google Play and others would be barred from offering apps on a platform that could be accessed from within the US. Officials said the order would not prevent US companies from doing business on WeChat outside the US.
Trying to bargain by bidding
Bydance is in talks with Oracle Corp and other companies to create a new company, Ticktock Global, which will aim to address US concerns over the security of its users’ data. Bydance will still need Trump’s approval to avoid the US ban.
Commerce officials said that they would not put a stop to technical transactions beyond Tiktok until 12 November. This will give the company additional time to see if Bydance can reach a deal on its US operations. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stated that the basic TickTalk will remain the same until 12 November.