WeChat, owned by China's Tencent (TCEHY), will also no longer be available on US app stores after Sunday night, according to Department of Commerce officials. Additionally, companies that make up the backbone of the internet, such as web hosting services and server networks, will be prohibited from hosting or carrying WeChat internet traffic from Sunday onwards, the Department of Commerce said in a release. The order doesn't impact home and wireless internet providers, Commerce officials told CNN Business, so existing WeChat users can continue using the app but may face some outages as a result of the hosting restrictions. "We do expect it may be useable, but it may not be particularly functional after Sunday." TikTok will not face those restrictions until November 12, the deadline set by President Trump's executive order last month calling for the short-form video app to completely divest its US business.
Source: The Nation September 18, 2020 22:07 UTC