Jakarta, COTEKNO.COM – President Joe Biden has finally officially lifted the ban on TikTok and WeChat. But at the same time it ordered a wider investigation into apps that could pose a risk to US data privacy or national security.
Biden signed a new executive order lifting Trump’s ban on the Chinese app. In lieu of a ban, the order also directs the US Department of Commerce to evaluate applications that could link to foreign adversaries and “take action, as appropriate.”
In particular, the Department of Commerce will be required to investigate applications involving software applications designed, developed, produced, or supplied by persons owned or controlled by, or subject to, foreign adversary jurisdiction.
Previously, former US President Donald Trump signed an order to ban TikTok and WeChat in the United States. Although the order was blocked by a federal judge, Trump sought to force the sale of ByteDance’s TikTok to US companies.
A senior official at the White House told The Wall Street Journal that the order was meant to replace Trump’s piecemeal approach with a much more comprehensive plan to review applications that might pose a risk to Americans.
The move is also just the latest piece of China policy to emerge from the Biden Administration.
President Biden has also signed an executive order meant to boost US technology manufacturing in a bid to reduce dependence on China and reduce semiconductor supply chain shortages, which the government has called a “national security” issue.