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Biden Revokes TikTok, WeChat Bans and Orders Security Review

  • Commerce review of software applications to begin immediately
  • National security review into TikTok sale on separate path
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WATCH: President Joe Biden is revoking Trump-era bans on the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat.(Source: Bloomberg)
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President Joe Biden is revoking Trump-era bans on the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat on Wednesday, and instead will review software applications from foreign adversaries that could pose a risk to Americans’ sensitive data, senior administration officials said.

Biden, in an executive order, is directing Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to evaluate the apps and take action against those that pose a security risk. The order replaces former President Donald Trump’s actions, aimed specifically at Chinese companies including TikTok owner ByteDance Ltd. and WeChat owner Tencent Holdings Ltd., that tried to ban the use of those apps in the U.S.