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Biden Issues New, More Targeted Strategy on TikTok, WeChat

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Jun 9, 2021, 10:06 AM   by Rich Brome

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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