Biden withdraws plan to ban WeChat and TikTok

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Biden withdraws plan to ban WeChat and TikTok

A picture of President Donald Trump is displayed on a smartphone in front of Tik Tok and WeChat logos in this illustration.

President Joe Biden is withdrawing a series of executive orders that want to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok and ordering a new government review of security concerns posed by those apps, the White House said Wednesday.

The administration of the former President Donald Trump had attempted to ban Chinese users from downloading the apps and prevent other technical transactions that Chinese - owned TikTok and WeChat both said would effectively block the use of the apps in the United States. The courts blocked the orders that never took effect.

The new executive order revokes the WeChat and TikTok orders, along with another in January targeted eight other communication and financial technology software applications.

A separate review of US national security of TikTok remains ongoing, a White House official said.

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