Joe Biden lifts Trump’s TikTok and WeChat bans
As of Wednesday, US President Joe Biden Revocation of Trump-era bans on TikTok and WeChat signed an executive order. In lieu of Trump’s order, Biden will direct his commerce secretary to investigate practices linked to foreign enemies that could pose a risk to US data privacy or national security.
The order, signed by Biden, replaces a series of executive orders from President Trump last year that blocked apps like TikTok, WeChat and Alipay from U.S. app stores and took more steps to prevent them from operating in the United States. The most extreme effects of these orders have been thwarted by ongoing court challenges, but the order, which went into effect on Wednesday, will revoke the orders entirely. Instead, Biden’s mandate will create a new framework to identify national security risks from transactions that involve apps affiliated with governments or the armies of foreign enemies, such as China, or that collect sensitive data from American consumers.
A senior management official said Wednesday: “The government is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable and secure Internet, protecting human rights online and offline, and supporting a vibrant global digital economy.” saying.
“The challenge we face with this EO is that some countries, including China, do not share these commitments or values and instead seek to use US data and digital technologies in ways that pose unacceptable risks to national security.”
The order, published Wednesday, asks the Commerce Department and other federal agencies to work together to make recommendations to protect against the collection, sale and transfer of confidential data from US consumers to foreign enemies. The Commerce Department is expected to make recommendations for future executive action or legislation to address these concerns.
Still, the order does not address actions or investigations carried out by the Foreign Investment Committee or CFIUS in the United States. Under the Trump administration, CFIUS set several deadlines for the Chinese owner of apps like TikTok, ByteDance, to hand over the administration of the Americas region to a US company. Although the deal never yielded results, Oracle will reportedly acquire TikTok for several months to lift the previous administration’s ban.
A senior management official said Wednesday: “The CFIUS action continues to be actively discussed by the United States government.” saying.
Wednesday’s order is the latest move by the Biden administration to address the challenges posed by China. Last week, Biden signed a separate order extending the Trump-era ban on American investment in Chinese companies with alleged ties to the Chinese military. The Emir has banned 59 companies from investing, including those that create and use surveillance technology used against Muslim minorities and opponents of the government in Hong Kong.
A senior administration official said Wednesday that Biden expects additional action against China as he makes his first service visit to meet with leaders of the Group of Seven Nations, NATO and the European Union.