Updated Jun 9, 2021, 10:47am EDT
President Joe Biden on Wednesday revoked a series of executive orders signed by President Donald Trump last year that took steps to ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat in the U.S.
Biden instructed his administration to conduct a more sweeping review of security concerns posed by foreign-controlled apps.
In August, Trump moved to ban U.S. downloads of TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, and WeChat, which is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent.
Biden’s new executive order withdraws Trump’s directive and replaces it with an order that calls on the federal government to “address the risks” inflicted by “software applications that are designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons” in foreign countries, including China.
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