In August, President Trump issued an executive order that effectively pre-determined the current ban.
The US Department of Commerce is banning any distribution or support services for Chinese mobile apps WeChat and TikTok on the national territory from September 20. Also, payments inside WeChat will be banned in the United States.
From September 20, the ban will apply to the hosting and content delivery service for the WeChat app, and from November 12, a similar ban will apply to the TikTok app. However, the ban will not affect American companies operating outside the United States.
On August 6, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning any transactions between US companies and the Chinese company ByteDance, which owns the TikTok app. The ban was expected to take effect in 45 days.
The executive order stated that “the proliferation in the United States of mobile apps developed by and owned by companies in the people’s Republic of China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”
Trump, citing the International emergency economic powers act, ruled that any transaction with ByteDance will be banned from September 20. A similar decree was issued regarding the operation of the WeChat app.
Any company that violates the presidential decree may face sanctions.