The president explained the decision to ban the apps by the danger of Chinese authorities using their information.
U.S. President Donald Trump issued an order banning the use of eight Chinese applications in the country. The order will take effect in 45 days – after Trump leaves the White House. Trump attributed the decision to the fact that the apps gain access to sensitive user information that could be used by Chinese authorities “to track the whereabouts of federal employees and compile personal dossiers on citizens.”
The U.S. Department of Commerce has been instructed to prepare documents that will spell out what kind of payments and other transactions will be considered illegal.
Thus, the payment system Alipay, the application Ant Group Co. of Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, and applications of Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd – WeChatPay, QQWallet and Tencent QQ, as well as less well-known applications Camscanner, SHAREit, Vmate, and WPS Office got under the ban.
Trump has previously tried to block WeChat in the United States. But it was opposed by big business and the court blocked the presidential decree.
Recall that in the summer the Chinese social networks WeChat and TikTok were recognized as a threat in the United States.