United States bans transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat

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Transactions with two popular Chinese-owned social media platforms will soon be banned in the United States.

Both TikTok – the video-sharing social networking service – and WeChat – a multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app – will be affected.

The US Commerce Department will be rolling out a ban of transactions using the two services from Sunday, September 20.

The order that was put into place earlier today aims to “combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data”, according to US Commerce Secretary Wilbur.

It has been previously stated by the US government that while using and downloading the app to communicate will not be a banned transaction, messaging on the app ‘could be directly or indirectly impaired’.

People who do use it for messaging will not be subject to penalties.

Concerns over unwanted access to information have been raised by security experts.

ByteDance Ltd – the Chinese company that owns TikTok – would maintain access to information on the 100 million US TikTok users.

The company’s access to US citizens’ information has been established as a threat to security.