Bad news for TikTok and WeChat users. The US plans to go through with the ban on the apps for American citizens.
The ban will officially begin on Sunday and initially only affect new downloads of the app, according to a news release from the Department of Commerce.
Department of Commerce says that despite the ban starting on Sunday, the app will continue to work until November 12th when it will be denied access to it’s crucial services like internet host and transit services.
Those who are using the WeChat app, however, will see a complete shutdown of the app on Sunday.
” The real shut down would come after Nov. 12th in the event that there is not another transaction,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview with the Fox Business Network. ” So it’s very different how the two are being handled and that reflects the quantitative and the qualitative differences between the two apps.”
According to Commerce the reason the TikTok app will not be completely shut down on Sunday is because several big tech companies in the US are still currently in negations to buy the app from China.
The Trump administration originally made the decision to shutdown the Chinese run apps due to concerns that the apps were collecting information on US citizens.
A TikTok Spokesperson sent a statement to NBC News saying that they are continuing to challenge the unjust executive order:
“We will continue to challenge the unjust executive order, which was enacted without due process and threatens to deprive the American people and small businesses across the U.S. of a significant platform for both a voice and livelihoods.”