U.S. Commerce Department bans downloads of TikTok, WeChat

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    The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued an order banning transactions with WeChat and TikTok – starting Sunday. It comes amid a technology dispute between the two countries. President Donald Trump is expected to announce on Friday whether or not his administration will approve a partnership deal between TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, and Oracle. He had threatened to ban the video sharing app unless its U.S. operations are sold to an American company.

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    TikTok, known in China as Douyin, is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based Internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short music, lip-sync, dance, comedy and talent videos of 3 to 15 seconds, and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds.

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