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Trump to block U.S. downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday

The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday (September 20) night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat.

The bans, announced on Friday (September 18), affect only new downloads and updates and are less sweeping than expected, particularly for TikTok, giving its parent group ByteDance some breathing space to clinch an agreement over the fate of its U.S. operations.

WeChat, an all-in-one messaging, social media and electronic payment app, faces more severe restrictions from Sunday.

(Production: Aleksandra Michalska)

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