President Joe Biden has officially dropped former President Donald Trump’s executive orders that attempted to ban the apps TikTok and WeChat. Instead, the White House will conduct its own review of apps with ties to foreign adversaries that may pose a risk to American data privacy or national security. The new executive order directs the Department of Commerce to undertake an “evidence-based” analysis “of transactions involving apps that are manufactured or supplied or controlled by China,” according to The Associated Press.
During a press conference earlier today, President Donald Trump admitted the United States government can’t actually profit off the sale of popular video app TikTok to an American company. The president had previously claimed that the Treasury Department would receive a “very big” payment in the event of a deal wherein the Chinese-owned TikTok or its assets are sold to an American tech company.
TikTok has sued President Donald Trump’s administration, saying the president’s executive orders attempting to block it from conducting transactions within the United States targeted the company and denied it due process.
Donald Trump thinks the U.S. government should benefit from the sale of video sharing app TikTok. The President previously said he wanted to ban the popular app.
TikTok may be partially sold to Microsoft in an effort to overcome the Trump administration’s concerns about is Chinese ownership and the security implication.