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Donald Trump says he has signed an executive order to shut down the use of Chinese-based social media applications TikTok and WeChat in 45 days.

Trump cited privacy concerns for taking the action against the social media networks.

The TikTok community has often been critical of Trump. Earlier in the summer, users of TikTok organized by reserving tickets to Trump’s rally in Tulsa, which failed to draw the type of crowds the Trump campaign expected.

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Trump said in his order that WeChat and TikTok “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users — threatens to allow the Chinese Communist

Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information. In addition, WeChat captures the personal and proprietary information of Chinese nationals visiting the United States, thereby allowing the Chinese Communist Party a mechanism for keeping tabs on Chinese citizens who may be enjoying the benefits of a free society for the first time in their lives.”

Source: WMAR 2

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