Bad news for Byte Dance and users of TikTok in the US continues with Trump rejecting the deal between Byte Dance and Oracle for the US operations of the application. The 90 day period is coming to its end, and it seems TikTok will be banned in the US. In a statement, the US Department of Commerce announced that TikTok and WeChat would effectively be banned from September 20th.
Both applications will be removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App store on the said date. Users who already have TikTok installed on their smartphones can enjoy the services till November 12th. The Department of Commerce explains that as of November 12th, the internet service providers will no longer be able to optimize for the application or deliver its content for the residents of the United States.
However, the hope of TikTok to start working again remains as the parent company, Byte Dance, is still looking to sell its US operations. Under the terms of this ban, TikTok can still reach a deal that would enable the application to continue its services. It looks like Oracle is out of the game, while Microsoft, with the help of Walmart, could still make an offer.
The situation for WeChat, on the other hand, looks dire. The application, along with its payment systems, will stop working as soon as September 20th. The Department of Commerce will not allow the application to process any financial transactions in the US. There is no hope for WeChat; the application will stay banned at least until tensions between both US and China subside.