TikTok and WeChat face imminent US ban after Trump signs executive order, Claims popular Chinese apps are “threat” to US national security. US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order that appears to ban Americans from doing business through TikTok and WeChat, two popular apps operated by Chinese technology companies ByteDance and Tencent, respectively.
The order specifically prohibits any “transactions” between any US citizen and the apps - although the specifics of what falls under that term are currently unclear.
The President issued two separate orders on August 6, one for each app, which will come into effect in 45 days.
In both the TikTok and WeChat orders, Mr Trump asserted that the Chinese-owned apps posed a threat to the country's security, and stated “steps must be taken to deal with the national emergency”.
The order was issued under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which allows the White House to prevent its citizens and US companies from engaging in financial transactions with unauthorized entities.
As the order does not clarify what a transaction consists of, it's uncertain what this means for the apps themselves, the US users who are currently making money on either platform, and whether Apple and Google will need to remove them from availability on their respective US app stores for iOS and Android.
Mr Trump's decision follows similar moves by India, which banned the use of TikTok and WeChat, along with 58 other Chinese-owned apps in June.