By Katy Stech Ferek
The Trump administration said Friday that it will ban the use of popular messaging and electronic payment app WeChat after Sunday night over national security and data privacy concerns.
In an interview on Fox Business Network, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he made the decision after President Trump ordered his department to review the Chinese-owned app for national security concerns last month.
"China has been taking all kinds of data...that's what we're trying to squelch," he said.
He said his office will order a similar ban for Chinese-owned app TikTok by Nov. 12 but noted that discussions for a deal that would incorporate data safeguards could enable U.S. users continued access of TikTok.
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