TikTok, the video-sharing app that boasts 100 million users in the United States, is about to become much less accessible as executive orders previously signed by President Trump start to go into effect. Security and privacy experts had mixed reactions to the news, noting the push-pull between data-privacy concerns and censorship – and highlighting that no concrete security threat has come to light. Starting Sunday, downloads of TikTok will be cut off from any app store operating in the U.S. Users that already have the app installed will still be able to use it, without refreshes or updates, until Nov. 12, when a complete ban will go into effect. Meanwhile, also starting Sunday, WeChat will be banned outright, meaning that “it will be illegal to host or transfer internet traffic associated with [it],” according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The move comes after Trump signed an executive order issuing the ban on Aug. 6, citing “national-security concerns” over the China-based apps. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross echoed that reasoning, and said in the release that the apps allow “China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.” While the Nov. 12 shutdown of TikTok may be averted by a deal with Oracle (the corporation wants to take over TikTok’s U.S. operations), for now the very real possibility exists that the app that has dominated Millennial self-expression for the last few months will go by the wayside in the United States….
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