Biden Administration Reverses Trump Era TikTok Ban

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The app isn’t going anywhere.

the Trump administration seemed to entirely forget
about banning the app given that it never followed through their threats. Perhaps otherwise preoccupied with trying to peddle bogus voter fraud claims, the November 12 deadline set by the Trump administration came and went without much fanfare, TikTok left pretty much unscathed.
That being said, even though the Biden administration has revoked the original executive order they still are still monitoring the potential security concerns posed by apps originating from China. The administration did
issue a new order
outlining new criteria for apps”owned, controlled, or managed by persons that support foreign adversary military or intelligence activities, or are involved in malicious cyber activities, or involve applications that collect sensitive personal data.

In a memo detailing the order, the Biden administration goes to call out China by name, saying”certain countries, including the PRC, that do not share these democratic values seek to leverage digital technologies and Americans’ data in ways that present unacceptable national security risks while advancing authoritarian controls and interests.”
Negotiations between TikTok and the US national security panel’s Committee on Foreign Investment are still ongoing, as the two continue to try to find ways to keep US users’ data secure but aren’t expected to be affected by this latest order. So, not to worry, it doesn’t look like TikTok is going anywhere any time soon.
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