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Biden drops Trump attempt to ban TikTok, WeChat; orders new review

The Fact Nes Service
Washington, June 10
President Joe Biden on Wednesday withdrew a series of Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a Commerce Department review of security concerns posed by those apps and others. The administration of former President Donald Trump had attempted to block new users from downloading the apps and ban other technical transactions that Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok and WeChat both said would effectively block the apps’ use in the United States. The courts blocked those orders, which never took effect.
The Biden order directs the Commerce Department to monitor software applications like TikTok that could affect the U.S.national security, as well as to make recommendations within 120 days to protect U.S. data acquired or accessible by companies controlled by foreign adversaries. TikTok declined to comment. WeChat did not immediately comment. WeChat, which has been downloaded at least 19 million times by U.S. users, is widely used as a medium for services, games and payments.
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.
Wallet and WeChat pay; no bans have been issued to date. The Trump administration contended that WeChat and TikTok posed national security concerns because sensitive personal data of U.S. users could be collected by China’s government. Both TikTok, which has over 100 million users in the United States, and WeChat have denied posing national security concerns.

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