US banning use of TikTok, WeChat

The ban of TikTok and WeChat was previously announced by US President Trump in August.
The ban of TikTok and WeChat was previously announced by US President Trump in August.

The US will ban the use of WeChat on Sunday to "safeguard the national security of the United States".

The Chinese app TikTok will also be banned by November 12 but Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Fox Business News early on Friday that access to that app may be possible if certain safeguards were in place.

"At the president's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of US laws and regulations," Ross said in a prepared statement.

The government said its order, previously announced by President Donald Trump in August, would "combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data".

The government previously said using and downloading the app to communicate would not be a banned transaction, although messaging on the app "could be directly or indirectly impaired" by the ban, and people who used it for messaging would not be subject to penalties.

Some security experts have raised concerns that ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok, would maintain access to information on the 100 million TikTok users in the United States, creating a security risk.

Australian Associated Press