Commentary on Political Economy

Friday, 18 September 2020



Trump Administration to Ban WeChat Use in U.S. After Sunday Night

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross cites national security and data privacy concerns

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES
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The Trump administration said Friday that it will ban downloads of the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok and the U.S. use of China’s popular messaging and electronic payment app WeChat after Sunday night over national security and data privacy concerns.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Fox Business News that his office will order a full ban for TikTok by Nov. 12 but noted that discussions for a deal that would incorporate data safeguards could enable U.S. users continued access of TikTok.

“China has been taking all kinds of data…that’s what we’re trying to squelch,” he said.

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