Trump issues executive orders to ban TikTok, WeChat apps in 45 days - 2020-08-06

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F0.png Trump issues executive orders to ban TikTok, WeChat apps in 45 days August 6, 2020, Mohammad Zargham, Reuters, Global News

U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday sweeping bans on U.S. transactions with China's ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok, and Tencent, operator of the WeChat app, starting in 45 days, in a major escalation of tensions with Beijing.

The executive orders come as the Trump administration said this week it was stepping up efforts to purge "untrusted" Chinese apps from U.S. digital networks and called the Chinese-owned short-video app TikTok and messenger app WeChat "significant threats."

Tiktok, the hugely popular video-sharing app, has come under fire from U.S. lawmakers and the administration over national security concerning data collection, amid intensified tension between Washington and Beijing.

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{{cite news | first = Mohammad | last = Zargham | title = Trump issues executive orders to ban TikTok, WeChat apps in 45 days | url = https://globalnews.ca/news/7256683/donald-trump-tiktok-ban/ | work = Reuters | publisher = Global News | date = August 6, 2020 | accessdate = August 8, 2020 }}