On Wednesday 9, United States President, Joe Biden signed an executive order repealing the ban on TikTok and WeChat. Both apps were blocked last year during the Donald Trump administration.
However, the current administration will investigate the alleged links of the apps with the Chinese government or military agencies. The goal is to analyze whether companies really pose a risk to data privacy and national security.
The request replaces a series of restrictions imposed by former United States President, Donald Trump. In addition to removing TikTok and WeChat from app stores in the United States, the measures prevented companies from operating in the country.
The most extreme effects of these blockades were avoided by ongoing legal challenges. However, the document signed by Biden immediately revokes all orders from the predecessor leader.
On the other hand, the request does not interrupt the actions of the U.S. Foreign Investment Committee. During Trump’s administration, the agency set deadlines for apps like TikTok to detach themselves from their Chinese owners – in this case, ByteDance.
For the representative, the biggest challenge is the lack of commitment from other countries – including China. These nations would be working to leverage their technologies, and data collection poses unacceptable national security risks, according to the Americans.
Last week, Biden signed a separate request extending Trump’s order against United States investments in Chinese companies with alleged ties to the military. The order prohibits the use of capital in about 60 companies.