Commerce Department announces clampdown on TikTok and WeChat begins Sunday

The Trump administration will begin blocking business transactions in the U.S. with popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok and messaging-app WeChat starting on Sunday.

The Commerce Department announced the new rules on Friday, barring TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores, but it could be rescinded depending on whether a deal that addresses national security concerns is reached.

“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious
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