President Joe Biden has canceled plans by his predecessor Donald Trump to ban the popular TikTok video app in the United States.
In a new decree, Mr. Biden revoked the Asset the administration’s attempt to ban the Chinese-owned app, and instead ordered a further Commerce Department review of security concerns regarding data sharing and privacy.
the Trump administration tried to ban new downloads from TikTok in August last year and tried to ban U.S. companies from doing business with ByteDance, the app’s parent company in Beijing.
Mr Trump also backed a takeover of ByteDance by American company Microsoft.
TIC Tac is estimated to have over 100 million users in the United States and is particularly popular with teenagers, some of whom have claimed responsibility for the lack of supporters at a Trump campaign rally last year.
At the time, Mr. Trump’s order read: “The spread in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China (China) continues to threaten national security, the US foreign policy and economy. “
The courts have found that Mr. Trump exceeded his authority in his executive order, preventing it from taking effect.
Mr Biden’s new executive order repeals the TikTok orders, which also applied to the WeChat messaging app, as well as another order in January that targeted eight other communications and financial technology software applications.
But the Democrat – who is traveling to the UK for the G7 leaders’ meeting this week – remain cautious of security concerns regarding TikTok and other Chinese-owned applications.
Mr. Biden’s new executive order states: “By operating on United States information and communications technology devices, including personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers, software applications companies can access and capture vast areas of information from users, including US nationals’ personal information and proprietary business information.
“This data collection threatens to provide foreign adversaries with access to this information. Access by foreign adversaries to large data repositories of American people also poses a significant risk.”
TikTok and WeChat have denied the allegation that they pose national security concerns.
The Biden administration said a separate US national security review of TikTok, which launched in late 2019, is underway.