The White House on Tuesday revoked stalled Trump-era orders that sought to ban social media apps TikTok, WeChat, and others in the United States as national security threats.
In place of those orders, the Biden administration has expanded another Trump-era Executive Order focused on communications and supply chain security.
The Trump Executive Orders – 13942, 13943, and 13971 – said " that additional steps must be taken" in banning the two apps, as well as Alipay, CamScanner, QQ Wallet, SHAREit, Tencent QQ, VMate, WeChat Pay, and WPS Office, because they have ties to companies in China. The orders claimed that the apps threatened the personal information of Americans because app data could be accessed by Chinese authorities.
TikTok and a group of WeChat users separately challenged the orders in court and the legal judgements prevented the bans from being implemented. Those cases presumably have been made moot with the revocation of the orders ...
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