US delays TikTok app store ban by one week

The US Commerce Department on Saturday decided to delay the planned block of TikTok downloads until September 27, after President Trump’s new announcement.

“In light of recent positive developments, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, at the direction of President Trump, will delay the prohibition of identified transactions pursuant to Executive Order 13942, related to the TikTok mobile application that would have been effective on Sunday, September 20, 2020, until September 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m,” the US Commerce Department said.

Earlier, Donald Trump had said that he has approved the purchase of TikTok to US software company Oracle, with the possible participation of Walmart.

On September 18, the US government decided to block access to TikTok and WeChat on to safeguard the national security of the Country.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had said, “In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States.”

Wilbur Ross in a tweet had said, “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”

“Today’s actions prove once again that President @realDonaldTrump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” he added.