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Americans switching to the Canada app store to get around impending TikTok ban

TikTok almost got banned in the United States prompting Americans to search for stealthy ways to use the popular app by pretending to live here.

In August, U.S. President Donald Trump said that the video-sharing platform would be removed from American app stores as of midnight this past Sunday.

While the impending ban has been put on hold for a week, people across the United States have figured out how to continue downloading TikTok if and when it disappears.

That's right. Apparently all it will take to keep making those viral videos in the U.S. is switching the region setting in the app store from the United States to Canada. 

"FYI: TikTok users, go to gen. settings, then regional settings, select Canada (English), as your country, Boom! You are safe from the BS shutdown thing," someone else tweeted.

On Saturday, it was announced that Trump would support a deal that will allow TikTok to continue operating in the U.S. The deal would see the Chinese-owned app operated by a new company called TikTok Global, created by Walmart and Oracle.

"The President has reviewed a deal among Oracle, Walmart, and TikTok Global to address the national security threat posed by TikTok’s operations. Oracle will be responsible for key technology and security responsibilities to protect all U.S. user data," the U.S. Treasury said in a statement.

As a result, the order that would stop Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Apple Inc. from offering TikTok has been delayed for a week.

"Approval of the transaction is subject to a closing with Oracle and Walmart and necessary documentation and conditions to be approved by CFIUS," the statement continued. 

Whatever Trump's final decision on the fate of TikTok will be, switching to the Canadian version of the app seems to be the solution. 

"Canada gets TikTok. Just switch your phone settings to Canada," someone else pointed out

Lead photo by

Olivier Bergeron

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