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Thought I'd share this since many Vpop idols and Vietnamese celebrities use TikTok and I'm always on there to share new videos on the Vpop artist threads. Starting tomorrow, Americans will still be able to use the app but no new downloads. Both the TikTok and WeChat app will be removed from all app stores. I think we can still share TikTok links or embed videos but things could change in the future. What are your thoughts on this?

As of September 20, 2020, the following transactions are prohibited:

  1. Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates through an online mobile application store in the U.S.;
  2. Any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.

As of September 20, 2020, for WeChat and as of November 12, 2020, for TikTokthe following transactions are prohibited:

  1. Any provision of internet hosting services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.;
  2. Any provision of content delivery network services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.;
  3. Any provision directly contracted or arranged internet transit or peering services enabling the function or optimization of the mobile application within the U.S.;
  4. Any utilization of the mobile application’s constituent code, functions, or services in the functioning of software or services developed and/or accessible within the U.S.

Source: https://www.commerce.gov/news/press-releases/2020/09/commerce-department-prohibits-wechat-and-tiktok-transactions-protect

 

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I am glad the USA is banning Tik Tok. I've never really gotten into social media. Especially Tik Tok. I've never had a Tik Tok account so I won't miss it.

I'm sure though that many people will be affected it by it like Vietnamese musicians/artists that uses it. Good thing though that Facebook and Twitter still leads the way for social media they can use those platforms again.

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@spikey True, Vietnamese artists are more active on FB and Instagram than TikTok. I'm not for or against this ban because I see both sides. If China can block Facebook and other American websites from being accessible in their country, US should also have that right. I just hope a big American tech firm will takeover the US operations of TikTok.

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It's only being banned within the US, so people elsewhere can still use the app no problem. It's just that people in the US won't be able to access the app or use it. I don't see other countries following the trend, but you never know. Just keep in mind, people will try to find a way to get the app still. I hear my niece just changed her location to Canada and that worked. 

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@nick your niece is so clever🤣 

yeah you can probably get around it with a VPN or just changing the location in the app store. But I don't want to run the risk of getting fined or anything.

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Just in: It looks like Oracle and Walmart are buying a stake in TikTok to resolve the security concerns. I think the ban will be removed.

https://twitter.com/tiktok_comms/status/1307454658680631296

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@jerry I wonder if the executive order is still happening

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I hear that Trump is banning Tik Tok because of their trade war against China. Not sure how true this is but that's what I have heard.

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@ry yes, but Trump just ok'd the deal with Oracle and Walmart buying TIkTok. I can still see it available the app store so I guess the ban is no longer in happening.

https://twitter.com/tiktok_us/status/1307462621184929792

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me when I heard tiktok being banned tomorrow

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