Joe Biden drops Donald Trump's US Tiktok ban as officials order new Chinese tech review

Joe Biden drops Donald Trump's US Tiktok ban as officials order new Chinese tech review

15:57 - JOE BIDEN's administration has abandoned Donald Trump's attempt to ban TikTok and WeChat.

Mr Trump targeted the Chinese social media giants arguing their influence could undermine US national security. However the White House has dropped this effort, and is instead launching a review into the behaviour of Chinese social media companies.

Joe Biden has sent the Commerce Department an executive order instructing it to conduct an “evidence based” investigation into China based apps.

They are worried US citizens personal data could be compromised by companies close to the Chinese state.

Mr Trump attempted to ban TikTok in the summer of 2020 using executive orders.

They said the company must be banned from operating on national security grounds unless it would accept greater American control over its US operation.

This led to a takeover bid by Oracle and Walmart, two giant US corporations.

The proposed ban was temporarily blocked following a legal dispute.

TikTok had been hoping the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit would throw out Mr Trump’s order in its entirety.

The US Commerce Department had been conducting a review, into whether Mr Trump’s security concerns about TikTok justified the proposed ban.

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