The United States Department of Commerce issued a note communicating banning transactions regarding TikTok and WeChat applications in the country. The statement informs that the measure is to protect the national security of the United States.
From 20th, apps should leave from app stores in the United States.
Another clarification regarding the original decree limits the scope of the restrictions imposed on the companies responsible for WeChat and TikTok, specifying sanctions on apps, without involving other services of the companies. (which could affect games like PUBG, League of Legends, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale and Fortnite, linked to Tencent).
In contrast, the United States notifies Epic, Blizzard, and Riot that companies present their security protocols.
Reason behind the ban
From the 20th ( WeChat) and 12th November (TikTok), individuals and companies will be prohibited from hosting, distributing content, transmitting data. Using the app resources in other services developed or accessed in the United States will also be prohibited.
TikTok will be removed from the App Store and Play Store this Sunday for users in the US, but users with the app installed will be able to use it until the 12th. According to the US government, the Chinese government “demonstrated the means and motivations to use these applications to threaten national security, foreign policy, and the US economy”.
In his defense, TikTok sent a note:
“We clarify that TikTok has never shared user data with the Chinese government, nor censored the content at its request. Also we have made our moderation guidelines and algorithm source code available at our Transparency Center, which is a level of responsibility that no partner company has committed to. We even expressed our willingness to seek a complete sale of a business in the USA to an American company.”
Source: U.S Department of commerce
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