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Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions to Protect the National Security of the United States

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WASHINGTON DC,  In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.

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Trump Administration Moves to Ban “TikTok” App

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Washington DC, on Friday President Trump’s announcement that he plans to ban Chinese-owned TikTok has halted a potential acquisition of the popular app by Microsoft, with both companies waiting for more information for the U.S. government, according to several people involved in the talks.

The two companies were in advance stages of negotiating a deal that could have been announced as soon as Monday. Under the deal, TikTok’s owner Bytedance would sell the U.S. operation of TikTok to Microsoft, while continuing to operate the rest of the global video app out of a European headquarters. It’s unclear if the companies would share technology, such as through a licensing arrangement, or whether Microsoft would rebuild and operate the company. One option under consideration would have had Bytedance eventually separate its China business by listing it as a public company.

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Doctors Warn Of Dangerous ‘Skull Breaker Challenge’ on TikTok after student hospitalized

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey officials are warning the state’s students about the “Skull Breaker Challenge” on TikTok.The challenge involves two people tripping a third person as he or she jumps in the air, causing the person in the middle to fall hard on the ground. A student from Cherry Hill Middle School in Westfield was hospitalized last week from the challenge.

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