Starting today, Chinese-owned mobile apps Tik Tok and WeChat banned from the U.S. app store.
The action by the Trump Administration follows an executive order by Donald Trump in which he claimed Tik Tok and WeChat were in the business of collecting data from American users for the Chinese government. Those caught violating the order may be looking at up to 20 years in prison and fines of up $1 million.
The services, which for now will remain available in Canada, are currently used by more than 100 million people in the U.S. and nearly two billion worldwide. So far, there has been no response issued by the Chinese government, which has long blocked access to social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.