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Trump to ban Chinese apps TikTok, WeChat in US from Sunday

06:17 PM Sep 18, 2020 | FPJ Web Desk

US President Donald Trump on Friday ordered ban on Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday.

The Commerce Department will roll out a ban of transactions in the U.S. using TikTok and WeChat.

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The order Friday was put into place, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, to "combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data." The government previously said that using and downloading the app to communicate won't be a banned transaction, although messaging on the app "could be directly or indirectly impaired" by the ban, and people who use it for messaging won't be subject to penalties.

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Some security experts have raised concerns that ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would maintain access to information on the 100 million TikTok users in the United States, creating a security risk.

(With inputs from AP)

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