Biden drops plan to ban Chinese-owned apps TikTok, WeChat

President Joe Biden revoked executive orders of his predecessor Donald Trump seeking to ban Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat from US markets on national security concerns.

Trump claimed the apps posed national security risks and sought to force a sale to US investors of TikTok, which is owned by China-based ByteDance and remains one of the world’s most popular social media apps.

A statement said that instead of banning WeChat and TikTok, the Biden administration would carry out a “criteria-based decision framework and rigorous, evidence-based analysis to address the risks” from internet applications controlled by foreign entities.

WeChat, part of Chinese tech giant Tencent, is a “super app” which includes social networking, messaging, e-commerce and more.

Biden issued a new executive order calling for a four-month review of “the continuing effort of foreign adversaries to steal or otherwise obtain United States persons’ data.”

Source: https://www.philstar.com/world/2021/06/10/2104590/biden-drops-plan-ban-chinese-owned-apps-tiktok-wechat

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