American President, Joe Biden has cancelled executive orders aimed to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok and ordered a new Commerce Department review of security concerns posed by those apps.
The White House in statement on Wednesday said “President Biden revoked and replaced three E.O.s (executive orders) that aimed to prohibit transactions with TikTok, WeChat, and eight other communications and financial technology software applications; two of these E.O.s are subject to litigation”
The new order signed by Biden on Wednesday directed the U.S. Commerce Department to instead evaluate software applications connected with foreign adversaries under recent U.S. supply-chain security rules and act accordingly.
The order also directed the Commerce Department to develop further options to protect sensitive personal data and look at the potential threat from certain connected software applications.
The administration of former President Donald Trump in August 2020 had attempted to block new users from downloading the apps and ban other technical transactions that Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat both said would effectively block the apps’ use in the United States. However, courts blocked those orders