Biden revokes Trump attempt to ban TikTok, WeChat
Published: 05:54 PM, 10 June 2021
US President Joe Biden has withdrawn a series of Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban WeChat and TikTok on Wednesday; Photo: Collected
United States President Joe Biden has withdrawn a series of Trump-era executive orders that sought to ban WeChat and TikTok. At the same time, he ordered the Commerce Department to review the security concerns posed by these apps and others.
Joe Biden withdrew the former US President’s orders on Wednesday, reports Reuters.
The Trump administration had attempted to block the users from downloading WeChat, TikTok and banned these Chinese-owned short video-sharing apps in the United States. However, the court then blocked Trump’s orders.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden directed the Commerce Department to monitor WeChat, TikTok apps whether these software applications could affect U.S. national security.
An official in the Biden administration told reporters that the White House “remains very concerned” about the data risks of TikTok users.
After Biden’s order, TikTok declined to comment while WeChat did not make any remark immediately.
Gao Feng, spokesperson at the Chinese commerce ministry said at a regular press conference on Thursday that the decision was a “positive step in the right direction”.
Gao added that China had noticed that the United States requires a new security review of the apps, and hopes that “the US will treat Chinese companies fairly and avoid politicizing economic and trade issues.”
The former US President Donald Trump ordered to ban transactions with eight Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat in January this year before Biden taking office.