The US Department of Commerce has announced that the WeChat and TikTok ban will be enforced from Sunday( sep 20th ). Although the ban on WeChat is likely to be implemented, the situation with TikTok is a little more complicated and is likely to depend on whether the proposed agreement with Oracle and Walmart is proceeding as expected. According to US media sources, President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision on the Oracle-TikTok deal today or tomorrow.
In an official statement, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said: “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant steps to tackle China’s malicious collection of American citizens ‘ personal data, while fostering our national values, democratic norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulation.”
The announcement by the US Department of Commerce raises speculation that the agreement will not be concluded before the deadline of 20 September. In that case, people in the US would not be able to download any of the two apps or make any kind of transaction either via the app or with the publishers of the app after that day. US companies will also be barred from selling either TikTok or WeChat, meaning that Apple and Google would have to delete them from both the App Store and the Play Store.
The Commerce Department ‘s announcement also gives TikTok until 12 November to finalized its deal with Oracle and Walmart, barring that the government will block US companies from providing TikTok Internet hosting services. According to Ross, however, TikTok will continue to run until November 12 for people who already have the app on their computers, with a complete shutdown coming only after that date in the event that the Oracle deal goes through.