Biden Issues New, More Targeted Strategy on TikTok, WeChat
President Biden today revoked executive orders from the previous administration targeting Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat. The old executive orders would have effectively banned the apps in the US as long as they remained under control by Chinese companies. Over the last nine months, the fate of the apps in the US has hung in legal limbo as judges have issued injunctions and the Commerce Department has delayed its deadlines. In place of the old orders, Biden issued a new executive order that "directs the use of a criteria-based decision framework and rigorous, evidence-based analysis to address the risks posed by [Chinese-owned apps] that may present an undue or unacceptable risk to the national security". "Additionally, the Department of Commerce will make recommendations for additional executive and legislative actions to further address the risk associated with foreign adversary connected software applications."
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Sep 23, 2019
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Sep 21, 2020
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Nov 12, 2020
TikTok will remain available and in business in the US for now, as the Commerce Department finally announced today that it will not enforce the order — that was set to go into effect today — which would have effectively shut down the app in the US. The new deadline from the Commerce Department is November 27th.