President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked the executive orders of the previous administration against TikTok and WeChat. Former President Donald Trump last August, calling its widespread use a “national emergency.”
Under the new order signed by Biden, the US Commerce Department must regularly assess applications linked to foreign adversaries such as China and take action if they are determined to present a national security risk. The order also provides criteria on identifying applications that may pose an “unacceptable risk” to national security, according to the White House.
The fate of TikTok in the US has been in limbo since last year when Trumpwho cited the app as national security concerns. One of the executive orders banned TikTok transactions, while the other required Chinese parent ByteDance to sell the app’s business in the United States.
The orders, which would have effectively banned TikTok, sparked a scramble to find a buyer for the popular app. Oracle and Walmart reached a complex deal that appeared to have Trump’s blessing, but was not completed before he left office. That deal was then supposedly put on hold while Biden’s management reviewed the security risks posed by TikTok and other Chinese-owned apps.
Neither TikTok nor WeChat immediately responded to requests for comment.