Headline RoundupSeptember 18th, 2020

US to Ban Consumers from Downloading TikTok, WeChat Apps

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Amid concerns about privacy and national security, the U.S. Commerce Department announced it will ban U.S. customers from downloading Chinese-owned applications TikTok and WeChat beginning this Sunday. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the move will "combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data." WeChat use will be heavily restricted for current users starting Sunday; TikTok will be similarly restricted beginning November 12 unless more privacy safeguards are added, according to Ross. TikTok has adamantly denied giving U.S. user data to the Chinese government; some security experts believe China could obtain the data either way. Coverage from right-rated outlets generally placed more attention on the Chinese ownership of the app, and concerns about China spying on U.S. consumers.

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