President Biden has replaced former President Trump’s executive orders that sought to ban downloads of the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat in the U.S., the White House said on Wednesday.
In place of his predecessor’s orders, Biden directed an “evidence-based” analysis of risks posed by software and apps designed and developed by a foreign adversary, including China, that may represent an “undue or unacceptable risk to the national security” of the American people, according to a fact sheet.
Trump had sought to block new users from downloading the apps, but the orders were blocked in courts and never took effect.
Biden reversed orders put in place by Trump that targeted TikTok, WeChat and eight other communications and financial software applications.
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