Biden overturns E.O. ban on TikTok and WeChat

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Biden overturns E.O. ban on TikTok and WeChat

On Wednesday, President Biden eliminated the former Trump administration's executive order banning new downloads of TikTok and banting other Chinese-owned apps like WeChat and called for a security review of the apps.

The US federal courts have successfully blocked the temporary ban of Chinese apps in August 2020. This was due to a 2017 Chinese law that states any Chinese company must share data with the Chinese government upon request.

President Biden revoked and replaced three E.O.s that aimed to prevent transactions with TikTok, WeChat and eight other communications and financial software applications. Two of these E.O.s are subject to litigation, the President's Wednesday executive order reads.

In their place, the Biden administration issued a new executive order directing the use of a rigorous, evidence-based decision framework and legal-based analysis to address the risks created by information and communications technology transactions involving Chinese-developed or Chinese-controlled applications that may present an undue or unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people.

TikTok is owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, though the social media app has repeatedly said that it does not share any user information with the Chinese Communist Party.

The United States ban put pressure on the China-based company to sell the app's U.S. platform to Oracle and Walmart under Trump, but the app ultimately decided in February not to sell its ownership.

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