USA: Joe Biden revokes and replaces executive orders addressed to TikTok
President Joe Biden overturned an executive order from his predecessor Donald Trump banning the Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat in the United States. The ban faced a number of legal challenges and never went into effect. Instead, the US Department of Commerce will now look at apps designed and developed by those in “the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary,” such as China. It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, Biden said. TikTok offered no comment on the news.
President Biden said the federal government should evaluate threats posed by Chinese apps and software through “rigorous and evidence-based analysis” and should address “any unacceptable or undue risks consistent with general national security, foreign policy and the economic objectives “. It recognized that apps can “access and capture vast areas of information from users.” “This data collection threatens to give foreign adversaries access to such information,” he said. TikTok is used by approximately 80 million Americans every month.
Over the past year, Washington politicians have raised concerns that app makers with ties to China might be forced by Beijing to hand over their customers’ personal information. Some US lawmakers have suggested that China may seek to exert influence on popular apps like TikTok to spread disinformation or engage in censorship.
TikTok declined to comment. TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is based in China. Last year, the Trump administration tried to force ByteDance to turn TikTok into a new company owned primarily by US investors. He also signed an executive order that led to the Commerce Department calling for a ban on TikTok from US app stores. But those efforts stalled amid litigation over the legality of Trump’s executive actions.