Donald Trump-era ban on TikTok dropped by Joe Biden

Biden revokes TikTok We Chat bans and orders security review

The update came on June 2 - a week before President Biden issued an executive order Wednesday dropping the Trump administration's order to block USA operations with TikTok and other Chinese-owned apps like WeChat.

A court filing said the Commerce Department was reviewing whether Trump's claims about TikTok's threat to national security justified the attempts to ban it from smartphone app stores and deny it vital technical services.

Biden's new executive order revokes the WeChat and TikTok orders Trump issued in August, along with another in January that targeted eight other communications and financial technology software applications.

Administration officials said Wednesday that TikTok continues to undergo a separate review by a government panel that reviews cross-border transactions.

Instead, the US Department of Commerce will now review apps designed and developed by those in "the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary", such as China.

Mr Trump ordered the ban on new downloads of the viral video app TikTok, which is owned by Chinese firm Bytedance, in 2020. Representatives of WeChat, a multipurpose app popular in China and owned by Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings Ltd., didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The executive order recognizes that the data collection "threatens to provide foreign adversaries with access to that information".

"Certain countries, including the People's Republic of China (PRC), do not share these values and seek to leverage digital technologies and Americans' data in ways that present unacceptable national security risks while advancing authoritarian controls and interests".

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But a senior administration official said Wednesday that the Trump actions weren't "always implemented in the soundest fashion" and the aim of the review is to set up clear criteria to evaluate specific data security and privacy risks for each app.

The Wall Street Journal reported in February that the Biden administration had shelved the Trump administration's plan to force a sale of TikTok amid legal challenges.

A second federal judge later fully blocked the Trump administration's attempt to ban TikTok in the USA, finding that Trump overstepped his authority in using emergency economic powers to put the popular app out of business.

To appease Trump, TikTok also explored potential sales to American firms, including Microsoft, Oracle and Walmart. This prevents the US from attempting to ban apps from specific regions without a legitimate reason for doing so.

President Biden on Wednesday rescinded former President Trump's actions targeting Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat.

The president will meet overseas with European and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders this week to discuss actions the worldwide community can take to hold China more accountable.

The new executive order calls for the Commerce Department and other federal agencies to develop guidelines "to protect sensitive personal data. including personally identifiable information and genetic information" from misuse.

The Trump administration contended that WeChat and TikTok posed national security concerns with the threat that the sensitive personal data of U.S. users could be collected by China's government.

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