Trump administration to ban TikTok app downloads starting Sunday: report

The Trump administration will issue an order banning Americans from downloading TikTok as the video-sharing app rushes to seal a deal with US software giant Oracle, a new report says.

The Friday order from the US Commerce Department will ban Apple and Google from offering TikTok — along with another Chinese-owned app, WeChat — on their American app stores starting Sunday, Reuters reported.

But President Trump could rescind the order before then if TikTok parent ByteDance can finalize a deal to make California-based Oracle its technology partner in the US, the story says, citing three unnamed officials.

White House officials are reportedly reviewing the terms of the deal, which calls for Oracle and other American investors to take a majority stake in a new US-based company set up to run TikTok’s global operations.

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Trump said this week that he would not approve a deal leaving Beijing-based ByteDance with majority ownership of TikTok, which has 100 million US users.

The Commerce Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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