Donald Trump orders TikTok and WeChat clampdown starting on Sunday

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Anyone hoping to download TikTok and WeChat in the US will be unable to do so from Sunday after US President Donald Trump ordered a clampdown on the social media apps.

The Commerce Department issued an order on Friday that will bar people in the United States from downloading the video sharing app TikTok and the Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat.

Commerce officials said the ban on new US downloads of TikTok could be still rescinded by President Donald Trump before it takes effect late Sunday as TikTok owner ByteDance races to clinch an agreement over the fate of its US operations.

ByteDance has been talks with Oracle Corp and others to create a new company, TikTok Global, that aims to address US concerns about the security of its users' data.

ByteDance still needs Trump's approval to stave off a US ban.

Commerce officials said they will not bar additional technical transactions for TikTok until November 12, which gives the company additional time to see if ByteDance can reach a deal for its US operations.

"The basic TikTok will stay intact until November 12," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox Business Network.

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