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Biden withdraws ban on TikTok, WeChat


US President Joe Biden revoked a series of executive orders targeting TikTok, WeChat of his predecessor.

On June 9, US President Joe Biden revoked an executive order targeting TikTok and WeChat of his predecessor Donald Trump. At the same time, he signed a new executive order requiring security assessments of these and other programs. The Department of Commerce assumes responsibility for evaluating applications with links to hostile countries in accordance with recent U.S. supply chain security rules and acting as appropriate.

The Department of Commerce is required to evaluate applications that “relate to software designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied with individuals owned or controlled by, or subject to, hostile country, may pose an undue or unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and its people.”

The executive order clarifies the criteria for determining whether an application poses an unacceptable risk to the national security and data security of the United States. It includes applications that “may represent high risk where transactions involve applications that are owned, controlled or managed by an adversary’s military or intelligence supporter, or engage in malicious online activity, or involve an application that collects sensitive personal data”.

Previously, the administration of former President Donald Trump targeted ByteDance’s TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat. However, his decree was blocked by a federal court and had no effect. In the case of TikTok, Mr. Trump also sought to force ByteDance to sell TikTok to the US company.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the administration of President Joe Biden is developing a more comprehensive approach to protecting data security. TikTok is still undergoing an independent US government investigation into cross-border transactions.

This is the latest sign of the Biden administration’s tougher China policy. Last week, the US President expanded the scope of the ban on investment in Chinese companies linked to the US military. Many of the new names on the list are subsidiaries or affiliates of state-owned enterprises or companies already on the blacklist.

The US is also working to solve supply chain problems to reduce dependence on China.

US government officials revealed Biden’s new executive order is intended to replace Mr. Trump’s company-by-company approach with a more comprehensive process that simultaneously assesses the risks of multiple applications contacting hostile countries. enemy. The Biden administration hopes the new order will create a stronger legal foundation, even if it means less severe sanctions.

Du Lam (According to WSJ)

The US wants to pour another 250 billion USD in the technology war with China

The US wants to pour another 250 billion USD in the technology war with China

The US Senate has just passed a rare bipartisan, $250 billion bill aimed at countering the growing influence of Chinese technology.

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