US bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores, threatens shutdowns
Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo. The Commerce Department said President Trump’s proposed ban of the apps WeChat and TikTok will go into effect Sunday, Sept. 20, to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The government said its order, previously announced by Trump in August, will “combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data.” (Mark Schiefelbein, AP File)
TALI ARBEL, MATT O'BRIEN and MATT OTT Associated Press
Originally Published: September 18, 2020 2:39 p.m.