Americans Will Be Banned From Downloading National Security ‘Threat’ TikTok From Sunday

China's Bytedance is considering an IPO In the US as it seeks to soothe White House concerns about its business and data use

China's Bytedance is considering an IPO In the US as it seeks to soothe White House concerns about its business and data use

President Trump gives updates on the potential TikTok deal.

The new order puts pressure on TikTok's owner, ByteDance, to make further concessions, said James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

TikTok vowed to fight the Trump crackdown in court, saying it impedes a tool "for entertainment, self-expression and connection".

It is a kind of universal app, a digital bank account and identification card, for ordering food or a auto, sending gifts, managing medical issues, and interfacing government services.

WeChat, owned by Tencent, combines chat, e-commerce, games, and other services; it's a crucial app within China, and an estimated 19 million people use it in America to keep in touch with each other, and with people in China. In case they are, the prohibitions mentioned above may be lifted. President Donald Trump has pressured the app's Chinese owner to sell TikTok's US operations to a domestic company to satisfy USA concerns over TikTok's data collection and related issues.

For TikTok users who've already downloaded the app, it should still work normally for now. "We would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety and combating disinformation, and we made these principles clear in our August statement". Further restrictions echoing those targeting WeChat are set for November 12.

TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, is in the middle of negotiating a deal with the Treasury Department to sell ownership of the app to majority-control by US interests, including Oracle.

We've answered five quick questions about what the bans means to users.

Users can also use tricks to sidestep the Apple and Android app store process, but these also pose security risks.

That timeframe potentially allows for a tie-up between TikTok, owned by China's ByteDance, and a U.S. company to safeguard data for the wildly popular app to allay Washington's security concerns.

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It is not clear what power the USA government has to order Apple and Google to remove apps from their stores. But it does not affect the use of these apps in other countries.

TikTok says it does not store U.S. user data in China and that it would not give user data to the government, and does not censor videos per dictates from China.

Carrie Berk, a 17-year-old college freshman in NY, said she's not sure it will really happen. This is why the ban comes into effect on Sunday.

My kids aren't allowed to download TikTok on their phone. It marks the second time the company has tried to legally challenge the United States government. ByteDance hasn't agreed to a sale, and instead proposed an arrangement that lets the California database-software company Oracle manage the data of U.S. users and oversee the app's technology.

Trump, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and the Department of Commerce were listed as defendants in the 39-page indictment.

Griffin Johnson retweeted a message that read: "No one is happy more than Griffin that TikTok is getting banned, homeboy been warning you for months that it's getting banned, but y'all sh*t on him". That data could then be used for espionage purposes, but security experts have warned that data security is a problem that goes well beyond TikTok or apps that are owned by Chinese companies.

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Trump is expected to announce as early as today whether the Oracle-TikTok plan will be approved. Another hearing is scheduled for Saturday.

The app is popular among Chinese students, ex-pats and Americans who have personal and business relationships in China.

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