Biden cancels Trump’s sanctions against TikTok and WeChat

It differs a little more from its predecessor. US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday June 9 that he had revoked and replaced the decrees taken by his predecessor Donald Trump to ban TikTok, WeChat and eight other applications.

Instead, it calls for a broad investigation into the risks posed by internet applications owned by certain foreign powers.

TikTok, hostage of the digital cold war between Washington and Beijing

The new decree aims to identify all “Connected software applications which may pose an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people”, including “Applications owned, controlled or managed by persons who support the military or intelligence activities of another country, or are involved in malicious cyber activities, or involve applications which collect sensitive personal data”.

It calls on the Commerce Department and other federal agencies to develop guidelines “To protect sensitive personal data … including personally identifiable information and genetic information” against abuse.

Espionage charges

Donald Trump claimed Chinese-owned apps posed risks to US national security and sought to force the sale of TikTok to US investors.

TikTok, target of Donald Trump’s offensive against China

He accused WeChat, a platform ubiquitous in the lives of Chinese through its messaging, remote payments or reservations services, and TikTok, an application of short videos particularly popular among young people, of collecting confidential data, before sharing it. with Beijing.

Legal battle to ban apps

These companies have always refuted these espionage accusations. Beijing had responded to him following the measures taken by Donald Trump and restricted the activities of foreign companies by threatening potential sanctions ranging from fines to the restriction of activities or entry of equipment and personnel into China.

Should we be wary of TikTok?

A legal battle ensued. At the end of December, the Trump administration appealed a court ruling preventing the Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on TikTok, which would have resulted in the ban of the social network in the United States.

But in February, the Biden administration asked the Court of Appeals to give it 60 days to study the case and rule on whether or not to uphold the Trump administration’s request.

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