No, Donald Trump was clearly not satisfied with what TikTok's Chinese parent company Bytedance had recently proposed to him as a solution: On Friday, the US Department of Commerce issued an order that Apple and Google would no longer use the popular TikTok short video app from Sunday night in their app stores.

The same applies to the WeChat app from the Chinese company Tencent.

Other platforms that can be reached from the USA are also no longer allowed to offer the apps.

The aim of the order is to combat "China's malicious collection of data from US citizens," said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

It is another step by the US government to ban the popular apps from the US market.

The US government justifies its action against the apps, among other things, with security concerns regarding the data of US users: It fears that this could get into the hands of the Chinese government via the app and its Chinese parent company.

TikTok and Bytedance have always denied that.

In order to dispel these concerns, TikTok's parent company Bytedance is negotiating a partial sale with the US software manufacturer Oracle and other US companies - and is also in coordination with the White House.

No downloads, no updates

In concrete terms, being kicked out of the app stores for TikTok users in the USA means that the app can no longer be downloaded, for example on new phones.

However, if you have already installed the app on your Android smartphone or iPhone, you can continue to use it.

The approximately 100 million US users that TikTok claims to have in the US can no longer download updates.

This makes the apps less and less attractive the longer this state lasts.

All of this only applies to the USA: German TikTokers are not affected.

The Chinese social media and payment app WeChat will also be thrown out of the app stores, and even more severe restrictions will apply to them from Sunday: With the order of the US Department of Commerce, companies in the USA will be banned from using WeChat internet hosting or other network services put.

Payments via the app are then no longer possible.


In plain English: WeChat will lack the infrastructure for smooth use of the app in the USA - which should mean that messages can be slowed down or not sent at all.

The same threatens from November 12th, after the US election, also TikTok - unless its parent company Bytedance can present a deal by then that takes into account the security conditions of the US bill against the app.

In a statement later on Friday, US President Donald Trump sounded quite optimistic that it could succeed: He thinks a quick agreement is possible, he said: "We have great options, and maybe we can make a lot of people happy . "

Nothing will be done that endangers security, but at the same time TikTok is a "great company", the US President continued.