EXCLUSIVE US to block downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday – officials

EXCLUSIVE US to block downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday – officials

EXCLUSIVE US to block downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday - officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Department of Commerce plans on Friday to issue an order that will shut down Chinese-owned WeChat and TikTok video downloads in the United States starting September 20, three officials told Reuters.

Sources said the US ban on new TikTok downloads could still be lifted by President Donald Trump before taking effect late Sunday afternoon.

Chinese company ByteDance is planning an initial public offering in the US for TikTok Global, a new company that will operate the popular video app if the offer is approved by the US government, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

A US Department of Commerce order will ban app stores owned by Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Google Play Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Inc, and others from offering TikTok and WeChat on any platform “available in the US,” a senior trade official told Reuters.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as the decision had not yet been made public. The order could be issued at 12:45 GMT (15:45 Moscow time), they said.

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(David Shepardson, translated by Elizaveta Zhuravleva. Editor Anna Kozlova)

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