TikTok’s ban is over. But that’s not quite the end of the story. The Biden administration issued a decree the revocation of the ban on TikTok, which never took effect. But the order contains an order to investigate applications under the jurisdiction of “foreign adversaries.”
TikTok (and WeChat) had a pretty tough year in 2020. At the time, President Trump expressed his dissatisfaction with business. This almost led to Microsoft so what Oracle buy TikTok, but these discussions failed. In September, President Trump issued an executive order Ban TikTok, WeChat and several apps from the app stores.
But the companies successfully challenged the decrees in court and the bans never took place. Now a new administration is in place, and it’s trying a new tact. A new executive order signed by President Biden says it “… will further address the ongoing national emergency declared in EO 13873 of May 15, 2019”.
It then rolls back the bans against TikTok, WeChat, and apps. But he then orders the Ministry of Commerce “to assess the foreign adversary’s connected software applications in accordance with published rules to implement EO 13873 and take appropriate action, if necessary.” The ordinance offers criteria for determining when software poses an increased risk to the data of US citizens.
Since the courts overturned the previous order, this new tact seems to be seeking a way to achieve a similar goal and survive all subsequent lawsuits. It remains to be seen how this will turn out.
Source: White House