Biden revokes Trump’s orders to ban TikTok and WeChat
President Joe Biden has officially dropped former President Donald Trump’s orders who tried to ban the TikTok and WeChat apps. Instead, the White House will conduct its own review of apps that have ties to foreign adversaries that could pose a risk to American privacy or national security. The new executive order directs the Department of Commerce to conduct “evidence-based” analysis “of transactions involving apps manufactured, supplied or controlled by China,” according to The Associated Press.
“The government is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet and protecting human rights online and offline and supporting a dynamic global digital economy,” a senior official said Wednesday.
Neither TikTok nor WeChat responded to requests for comments.
Tick tock sued the Trump administration last August, He said the president’s orders attempting to block transactions within the United States were aimed at the company and denied it due process.
“We do not take it lightly to sue the government, but feel that we have no choice but to take action to protect our rights and the rights of our community and our employees,” the company said in its Legal action. “Our more than 1,500 employees in the US put their hearts into building this platform every day,” said the company, noting that more than 10,000 more employees in eight states are to be hired in the coming years.
TikTok said the Trump administration “failed to follow due process and act in good faith, neither to provide evidence that TikTok was an actual threat nor to justify its punitive actions.” In addition, the company says the US Foreign Investment Committee’s determination that TikTok posed a threat to national security was based on “out of date news articles” rather than TikTok-provided documentation about user data security.
Trump had earlier problematic two executive ordinances to prohibit transactions with WeChat or TikTok by any person or property under United States jurisdiction. The former president said WeChat, made by Tencent, and TikTok, made by ByteDance, are used by the Chinese Communist Party to obtain proprietary information from Americans, monitor Chinese citizens abroad, and lead disinformation campaigns.
“The proliferation of mobile applications in the United States, developed and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China, continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States,” the former president wrote at the time.
Alan is a writer, editor, and news junkie from New York.