Biden revokes TikTok and WeChat bans in the Trump era | Business and Economic News
The White House revoked the Trump-era administrative order that tried to ban TikTok and WeChat, but ordered the Ministry of Commerce to conduct security reviews of applications made, controlled or provided in China.
Officials said on Wednesday that the White House had abandoned the Trump-era administrative order that tried to ban popular apps TikTok and WeChat, and will conduct its own review to determine the national security risks of China-related software applications.
A new executive order instructs the Ministry of Commerce to conduct what officials call “evidence-based” analysis of transactions involving applications manufactured, supplied or controlled by China. Officials are particularly concerned about applications that collect personal data from users or are linked to China’s military or intelligence activities.
According to senior government officials, the department will also make recommendations on how to further protect Americans’ genetics and personal health information, and will address the risks of certain software applications related to China or other rivals.
The actions of the US President Joe Biden’s administration reflect continuing concerns that popular apps related to China, the US’s main economic and political rival, may expose Americans’ personal data. Both the White House and Congress have taken action to deal with Beijing’s technological advancement. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill designed to face increasing international competition and promote the development of American semiconductor production and artificial intelligence and other technologies.
Earlier this year, as the government began a more extensive review of the national security threats posed by Chinese technology companies, the U.S. government earlier this year abandoned former President Donald Trump’s attempt to ban the popular video app TikTok and demanded The court postponed the legal dispute.
A court document stated that the Department of Commerce is reviewing whether Trump’s claim that TikTok poses a threat to national security proves an attempt to prohibit him from entering the smartphone app store and deny him the provision of important technical services. The review will be updated in the court case later this week.
The US proposal to acquire TikTok is also pending. Last year, the Trump administration facilitated a deal that would have allowed American companies Oracle and Wal-Mart to hold large shares of Chinese-owned apps on national security grounds.
This unusual arrangement stems from an executive order from Trump that aims to prohibit the use of TikTok in the United States unless it accepts a greater degree of control by the United States.
Trump targeted a series of orders in the summer of 2020 and expressed concern about the US data TikTok collects from users. The court temporarily blocked the White House’s injunction attempt, and the presidential election soon overshadowed the TikTok struggle.
TikTok has been seeking the U.S. District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals to review Trump’s divestment order and the government’s national security review.