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TikTok and WeChat will be removed from the App Store on Sunday

TikTok and WeChat will be removed from the App Store on Sunday
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The Commerce Department has announced that it will prohibit the distribution of WeChat and TikTok apps in the U.S. as of Sept. 20. The use of WeChat for transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S. will also be banned.


In addition, U.S. companies will be blocked from providing internet hosting and content delivery network services to WeChat from Sept. 20 and to TikTok from Nov. 12.

The statement also explains that the "President has provided until Nov. 12 for the national security concerns posed by TikTok to be resolved. If they are, the prohibitions in this order may be lifted."

The announcement comes ahead of an expected decision from President Trump later today over whether to allow Oracle to take a minority stake in TikTok. It's currently unclear whether the Commerce Department's announcement means that the Oracle deal cannot go ahead before the government's deadline of Sept. 20.

"Today's actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party," said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement. "At the President's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations."

Politics

'Woke tech' and 'the new slave power': Conservatives gather for Vegas summit

An agenda for the event, hosted by the Claremont Institute, listed speakers including U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute. The speakers include U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, as well as a who's-who of far-right provocateurs.

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Conservative investors, political operatives, right-wing writers and Trump administration officials are quietly meeting in Las Vegas this weekend to discuss topics including China, "woke tech" and "the new slave power," according to four people who were invited to attend or speak at the event as well as a copy of the agenda obtained by Protocol.

The so-called "Digital Statecraft Summit" was organized by the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank that says its mission is to "restore the principles of the American Founding to their rightful, preeminent authority in our national life." A list of speakers for the event includes a combination of past and current government officials as well as a who's who of far-right provocateurs. One speaker, conservative legal scholar John Eastman, rallied the president's supporters at a White House event before the Capitol Hill riot earlier this month. Some others have been associated with racist ideologies.

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Emily Birnbaum

Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.

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