U.S. Blocks Downloads of TikTok, WeChat, Starting Sunday – NPR

The Commerce Department says it will ban all U.S. business transactions with Chinese-owned apps WeChat and TikTok. The parent company ByteDance is under pressure to sell TikTok to a U.S. company.


So starting this Sunday, the mobile apps TikTok and WeChat will be banned from U.S. app stores. That was the announcement from the U.S. Commerce Department today. The Chinese-owned apps have been the target of the Trump administration. They say the apps collect data from American users that could be accessed by the Chinese government. A sale of TikTok has been in the works, but so far, no deal has been finalized. And let’s turn to NPR’s Bobby Allyn, who’s been following this story. Good morning, Bobby.


GREENE: So, I mean, some, like, millions of people use these apps in the United States, right? So what exactly is that going to mean for them on Sunday?

ALLYN: Yeah. So we’ve been hearing a lot about the TikTok ban, right? I feel like it’s in the headlines quite a bit. Well, here it is. And this is basically