Biden revokes Trump’s order to ban TikTok and WeChat
While Donald Trump’s executive order banning TikTok and WeChat never went into effect, the Biden administration revoked it in favor of evidence-based investigations of foreign-controlled applications that could pose a risk to the security of Americans and their data.
Trump has threatened to ban the apps unless a suitable U.S. company buys a controlling stake in TikTok. Oracle, Microsoft and Walmart were all involved in negotiations to take a stake, but nothing came to fruition, mostly because Biden took office.
Although Trump’s order has been revoked, TikTok and WeChat will still be subject to scrutiny by the US Department of Commerce, which is now tasked with using a “criteria-based decision framework and analysis. rigorous and evidence-based “to deal with the risks posed by applications that are owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary, including China.
The Biden administration has reassessed several directives Trump has issued against China and this is the latest in a series of developments. Last week, the administration extended the US investment ban on Chinese companies, which also includes Huawei – I wouldn’t be holding my breath on lifting the Huawei ban anytime soon.
TikTok and WeChat have yet to comment on the new decree.