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

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

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Washington: The White House said that President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked his predecessor Donald Trump’s executive order to ban TikTok and WeChat, the mobile apps owned by China, out of national security concerns.

A statement said that the Biden administration will not ban popular applications, but will implement a “standards-based decision-making framework and rigorous evidence-based analysis to address the risks of Internet applications controlled by foreign entities.”

Trump claimed that these Chinese-owned apps pose a national security risk and tried to sell TikTok, one of the most popular social media apps in the world, to American investors.

The Trump administration’s efforts have triggered a series of legal challenges, delaying efforts to ban or force the sale of applications, thereby exacerbating tensions between Washington and Beijing.

The two companies did not immediately comment.

University of Texas law professor Bobby Chesney, who follows national security issues, called the Biden order “a good middle path.”

“They affirmed the nature of the threat and the propriety of using sanctions to address it, and they have held the door open for reimposing some version of these sanctions…but likely with a far stronger and more defensible record,” Chesney tweeted.

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