Trump Order to Ban TikTok to Be Revoked by Biden

The directive will replace an order that has been tied up in litigation and will call for a broader review of a number of foreign-controlled applications.,

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Biden will revoke and replace Trump’s executive order that sought to ban TikTok.

President Biden is set to revoke a Trump-era executive order that sought to ban TikTok from U.S. app stores.
President Biden is set to revoke a Trump-era executive order that sought to ban TikTok from U.S. app stores.Credit…Narinder Nanu/AFP via Getty Images
  • June 9, 2021, 9:54 a.m. ET

President Biden on Wednesday will revoke a Trump-era executive order that sought to ban the popular app TikTok and replace it with one that calls for a broader review of a number of foreign-controlled applications that could pose a security risk to Americans and their data.

According to a memo circulated by the Commerce Department and obtained by The New York Times, the order will address a number of applications and bolster recent actions the Biden administration has taken to curb the growing influence of Chinese technology companies.

It is the first significant step Mr. Biden has taken to address a challenge left for him by President Donald J. Trump, whose administration fought to ban TikTok and force its Chinese-owned parent company, ByteDance, to sell the app. Legal challenges immediately followed and the app is still available as the battle languishes in the courts.

Mr. Biden’s order “will direct the secretary of commerce to use a criteria-based decision framework and rigorous, evidence-based analysis to evaluate and address the risks” posed by foreign-operated applications, according to the memo. “As warranted, the secretary will determine appropriate actions based on a thorough review of the risks posed by foreign adversary connected software applications.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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