Biden’s government on Wednesday dropped the orders of former president Donald Trump who tried to ban apps on social media, TikTok and WeChat, due to security risks, due to their links with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and said the administration would its own reviewing apps with ties to the Chinese regime.
An executive order signed by President Joe Biden director the U.S. Department of Commerce ‘to assess these threats through careful, evidence-based analysis and should address any unacceptable or unnecessary risks that are consistent with general national security, foreign policy and economic objectives, including the preservation and demonstration of America’s core values and fundamental freedoms. ”
According to the White House, the Department of Commerce must now review TikTok, WeChat, and other applications developed, designed, controlled, or manufactured by entities affiliated with the CCP. The order noted that such apps ‘could pose an improper or unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people.’
Trump’s executive actions targeting ByteDance, a Beijing-based firm that owns TikTok, and WeChat, which owns Shenzhen-based Tencent Holdings, have been blocked by several federal court orders. Trump also tried to force the sale of TikTok.
TikTok has sought relief through the U.S. District Court of Columbia District Court of Appeals for a review of Trump’s sales order and the federal government to conduct a national security review.
Biden administration anonymous officials told the Wall Street Journal that the latest executive order is aimed at replacing Trump’s orders with a more comprehensive process aimed at programs that could have links with foreign opponents, including the CCP . The Epoch Times contacted the Department of Commerce for comment.
The Trump administration order that had an effect on TikTok and ByteDance, which also contributed money to Facebook’s “fact-checking” website LeadStores, prohibits “any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd, ”among other restrictions.
Last year, cyber security experts warned that TikTok was being used by the Chinese regime to spy on Americans. Critics have also warned that users’ content could be censored if the CCP considers it politically sensitive – even if the user lives outside China.
Casey Fleming, chief executive of intelligence and security strategy firm BlackOps Partners, told The Epoch Times that “all technology that comes from China – whether it is manufactured in China or created in China – is controlled by the CCP.”
And Mark Grabowski, an associate professor specializing in cyber law and digital ethics at Adelphi University, told The Epoch Times that TikTok is simply ” Chinese government’s malware becoming a social media app. ‘
“The app collects a lot more data than it should,” Grabowski said in an email last year. ‘It’s weird that TikTok does GPS, for example [Global Positioning System] tracking as TikTok videos do not display location information. ”