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TikTok, WeChat to be taken off US app stores from Sunday

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The US Department of Commerce has announced that it would be prohibiting TikTok and WeChat from being available on app stores in the country from September 20 (Sunday). This means both the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store will have to remove the apps from their library. Additionally, US companies have been prohibited from using WeChat for the purpose of "transferring funds or processing payments within the US". The development comes even as the US government is yet to announce whether or not it will approve Oracle's tie-up with TikTok as a "trusted technology partner". The order prescribes different timelines for both apps. Come November 12, internet hosting services or content delivery network services that enable the functioning of TikTok will be prohibited. This could mean that the Oracle deal, which reportedly involves the company to offer cloud services…

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