TikTok, WeChat no longer downloadable starting 9/20.

September 18, 2020 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue an order Friday that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on September 20, three officials told Reuters.

Source: https://www.oann.com/exclusive-trump-to-block-u-s-downloads-of-tiktok-wechat-on-sunday-officials/

The decoupling from China continues as the two Chinese owned social media platforms are forced to sell their US operations to a US company over National Security issues or be banned from operating in the US entirely.

TikTok has been under scrutiny for some time as a platform devoid of Adults. It is a platform that can only be accessed from a mobile phone meaning even the most technically challenged individual can use it. The ease of access, no tech skills needed to use it, no adults to help monitor these younger users and their undeveloped social skills, it is a ticking time bomb and in much need of regulation.

But the US government is going with the National Security excuse to ban these apps. By all means, China could be using the app to promote social justice issues and fan the flames of riots, looting and such in this country. The functionality is there in all social media platforms to drive certain narratives. But China is also collecting a lot of data on US users and that is enough to get them banned here in the US.

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The Commerce Department order will “deplatform” the two apps in the United States and bar Apple Inc’s app store, Alphabet Inc’s Google Play and others from offering the apps on any platform “that can be reached from within the United States,” a senior Commerce official told Reuters.

The Commerce Department order will “deplatform” the two apps in the United States and bar Apple Inc’s app store, Alphabet Inc’s Google Play and others from offering the apps on any platform “that can be reached from within the United States,” a senior Commerce official told Reuters.

The order will not ban U.S. companies from doing businesses on WeChat outside the United States, which will be welcome news to U.S. firms like Walmart and Starbucks that use WeChat’s embedded ‘mini-app’ programs to facilitate transactions and engage consumers in China, officials said.

This is a big story I am watching because it sets some precedent over how these social media platforms can and should be regulated. Twitter and Facebook are next.

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