The White House has dropped executive orders announced under the presidency of Donald Trump that sought to ban popular apps like TikTok and WeChat. Instead, it will conduct a new review into national security risks regarding apps linked to China, according to the Associated Press.
TikTok Ban Order Dropped
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration previously asked a court to delay the legal dispute over the banning proposed banning of TikTok, with a court filing explaining that the Commerce Department was investigating claims around threats to national security made by President Trump. There had also been extensive talks about the short-video platform being taken over by a U.S. firm, with a deal involved Oracle and Walmart Proposed.
Neither TikTok nor WeChat had issued a public comment at the time of this writing.