Biden revokes and replaces Trump executive orders that banned TikTok

Biden revokes and replaces Trump executive orders that banned TikTok


President Joe Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office building in Washington, DC, the United States, Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

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President Joe Biden signed a decree Wednesday to review the data collection practices of foreign apps such as TikTok and WeChat, the White House said.

Biden revoked and replaced former President Donald Trump’s three executive orders that sought to ban transactions with TikTok and WeChat by US companies. One of the orders was also to ban TikTok, which resulted in a protracted court battle. TikTok remains available and popular in the United States

Biden’s new order will direct the Commerce Department to review applications related to foreign adversaries and spell out what it should consider an “unacceptable risk,” according to a White House backgrounder. It also calls on the Commerce Department to work with other agencies to make recommendations to protect US consumer data from foreign adversaries.

Representatives for TikTok and WeChat owner Tencent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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