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Trump bans US transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat

Trump bans US transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat in 45 days

Trump bans US transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat

President Trump has issued executive orders banning any US transactions with ByteDance – the Chinese company that owns the app TikTok, and Tencent, owner of the WeChat app, starting in 45 days. 

The orders issued on Thursday come as the Trump administration said this week it was stepping up efforts to purge “untrusted” Chinese apps from US digital networks and called the Chinese-owned app TikTok and messenger app WeChat “significant threats.” 

In one of the orders, Trump said the TIkiTok app may be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party and the US “must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security.” 

In the other, Trump said WeChat “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users. This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.” 

The order would effectively ban WeChat in the US in 45 days by barring “to the extent permitted under applicable law, any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with Tencent Holdings Ltd.”

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