Wednesday, June 9th 2021
New rule for foreign apps
Biden withdraws Trump’s Tiktok ban
During his time as US President, Trump took a tough line against Chinese apps. He wants to first ban the video platform Tiktok, then sell it. President Biden is now revoking these plans. However, the Democrat is taking new measures for apps from “opposing states”.
US President Joe Biden has lifted the bans on the Tiktok and WeChat apps ordered by his predecessor Donald Trump. Instead, Biden signed a new decree, according to which US authorities should review software applications with connections to opposing states and, if necessary, take action against them. This is necessary, for example, if this creates the possibility of an inappropriate or unacceptable national security risk for the US and the data security of its citizens, according to a factsheet published by the White House.
The Ministry of Commerce is now required to review apps “that contain software applications that are designed, developed, manufactured or supplied by persons who are owned or controlled by a foreign counterparty, including the People’s Republic of China.” The same applies to developers, manufacturers or suppliers whose jurisdiction is subject to such an adversary “and who may pose an inappropriate or unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people,” according to the White House leaflet.
The Trump administration had taken action against the popular Chinese video platform Tiktok and the payment service WeChat. However, the ban she planned had been blocked by a federal judge.
In the case of Tiktok, Trump wanted to force the parent company Bytedance to sell the app to US companies. China torpedoed this in the fall with a new rule that forbids the export of software algorithms without special permission.