It’s official: The White House is backing off of TikTok.
Former President Donald Trump made it one of his missions while in office to ban TikTok and WeChat, two apps with ties to China, but it did not work. Trump issued an executive order attempting to stop new users from downloading the apps, and also tried to ban some transactions on them, but courts blocked all of his attempts. So nothing ever took effect.
On Wednesday, Biden’s White House cleared things upAdministration officials told reporters that they are dropping those Trump-era executive orders and is instead ordering the Commerce Department to conduct its own reviews into the national security risks associated with apps that have ties to foreign countries. TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. Read more…
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