by Brandon Butler
TikTok, WeChat downloads banned starting Sunday 9/18/2020

Jason Koebler for Vice with the winning headline of the day, ‘Trump Protects TikTok Users’ Security By Cutting Them Off From Security Updates‘:

The Trump administration announced Friday that WeChat and TikTok will be banned from American app stores on Sunday night, in one of the dumbest possible outcomes of an exhausting, unnecessary saga. 

Banning WeChat will cut people off from their loved ones in China, a particularly cruel move during a pandemic that all but prevents international travel. TikTok users, meanwhile, will continue to be able to use the app until November 12, but the app will be removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, meaning new users will be unable to download the app, and TikTok parent company ByteDance will be unable to issue patches or updates to the app. 

Meanwhile, TikTok can continue to operate into November while Oracle works out their deal with ByteDance, made possible by the corruption of the Trump Administration, but the apps will be removed from download on Sunday. TechCrunch:

The U.S. Commerce Department has now announced the details of how it will enforce the shutdown of TikTok and WeChat in the country, after announcing in August plans to do so by September 20 over national security concerns. The news is structured along two dates, September 20 and November 12. Both apps and their app updates will no longer be distributed in U.S. app stores as of September 20. But TikTok  specifically gets an extension on how it operates until November 12.

That not only keeps it up until after the November 3 U.S. election, but leaves the door open for it to complete a complicated deal with Oracle and partners to take control of its U.S. operations without an interruption in service.

But while TikTok can continue to work past the Sunday, WeChat is forbidden from “any provision of internet hosting services enabling the functioning or optimization.” Basically, firewalled.

If you think that doesn’t sound fair at all, let me refer you to my earlier statement: corruption.