World Biden Administration Reverses Trump Ban on TikTok, WeChat; Will Review Potential Security Risks
Why WeChat, Given Reprieve By Biden Administration, is China's Most Controversial App
"There are some other ways we can influence getting the right level of regulatory oversight over these applications than just attempting to ban them," Caleb Barlow, CEO of CynergisTek, told Newsweek.OnShore Security CEO Stel Valavanis told Newsweek that he believes Biden's approach is "more nuanced" than his predecessor because Biden is taking the time to build a case around these apps instead of a "heavy-handed" outright ban.
The Biden administration has ended the Trump-era executive order that tried to ban Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat.
White House officials Wednesday said the Commerce Department will conduct its own "evidence-based" analysis of the apps to assess any national security risks related to user data collection or Chinese military or intelligence activities, according to the Associated Press.
President Biden is throwing out Trump-era bans on TikTok and WeChat after the former administration fought hard to prohibit the Chinese apps over national security concerns
Former President Donald Trump aggressively sought to ban TikTok in the US during his presidency, but Biden has now abandoned those efforts.According to a press release shared with Insider, Biden's executive order calls for Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to investigate apps with connections to foreign adversaries. The Associated Press and The New York Times also confirmed the news.
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The department also will make recommendations on how to further protect Americans' genetic and personal health information and will address the risks of certain software apps connected to China or other adversaries, according to senior administration officials.
The Biden administration's move reflects the ongoing concern that Americans' personal data could be exposed by popular apps tied to China, a chief U.S. economic and political rival. The White House andhave both taken action to address Beijing's technological advancement. On Tuesday, the passed a bill that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition.
China says US revoking of Chinese apps ban a "positive step"
BEIJING (AP) — China’s Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that a U.S. move to revoke the Trump administration’s executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a “positive step,” amid strained relations between the two countries. “We hope that the US will treat Chinese companies fairly and avoid politicizing economic and trade issues,” ministry spokesperson Gao Feng said at a regular news briefing Thursday. Gao said the U.S.“We hope that the US will treat Chinese companies fairly and avoid politicizing economic and trade issues,” ministry spokesperson Gao Feng said at a regular news briefing Thursday.
Video: Biden drops Trump attempt to ban TikTok, WeChat; orders new review (Reuters)
The administration earlier this year had backed off President's attempts to ban the popular video app TikTok, asking a court to postpone a legal dispute as the government began a broader review of the national security threats posed by Chinese technology companies.
A court filing said the Commerce Department was reviewing whether Trump's claims about TikTok's threat to national security justified the attempts to ban it from smartphone app stores and deny it vital technical services. An update to the review was due in a court case later this week.
Also in limbo has been a proposed U.S. takeover of TikTok. Last year, the Trump administration brokered a deal that would have had U.S. corporations Oracle andtake a large stake in the Chinese-owned app on national security grounds.
New Chinese Law Offers Legal Avenue for Country to Retaliate Against Foreign Sanctions
China's Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that a U.S. move to revoke the Trump administration's executive orders intended to ban apps like TikTok and WeChat was a "positive step."Wang Wenbin, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said the law was designed to "resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, dignity and core interests and oppose Western hegemonism and power politics"—as well as, "provide legal support and guarantees for the country to counter discriminatory measures by a foreign country in accordance with the law.
The unusual arrangement stemmed from a Trump executive order that aimed to ban TikTok in the U.S. unless it accepted a greater degree of American control.
Trump targeted TikTok over the summer of 2020 with a series of orders that cited concerns over the U.S. data that TikTok collects from its users. Courts temporarily blocked the White House's attempted ban, and the presidential election soon overshadowed the TikTok fight.
TikTok has been looking to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review Trump's divestment order and the government's national security review.
Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon .
WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on bright Sunday afternoon. The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London. Biden flew to London after wrapping up his participation in a three-day summit of leaders of the world's wealthy democracies in Cornwall, in southwestern England. He arrived at the castle aboard the presidential helicopter and was ferried to the queen in a black Range Rover.