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Biden Revokes and Replaces Trump Order That Banned TikTok

TikTok’s woes subsided with Mr. Trump’s election defeat. Though the company remains to be underneath scrutiny with the Biden administration’s new govt order, analysts say the dramatic ups and downs for the company will considerably dwindle.

June 9, 2021, 7:03 p.m. ET

James Lewis, a senior vice chairman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, stated the Biden administration had proven no easing of the federal government’s sturdy stance in opposition to China. But the brand new order lays out rather more exact standards for weighing dangers posed by TikTok and different corporations owned by international adversaries like China.

“They are taking the same direction as the Trump administration but in some ways tougher, in a more orderly fashion and implemented in a good way,” Mr. Lewis stated. He added that Mr. Biden’s order was stronger than the Trump-era directive as a result of “it’s coherent, not random.”

Under the brand new system outlined in Mr. Biden’s order, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo can be empowered to “use a criteria-based decision framework and rigorous, evidence-based analysis” to look at software purposes designed, manufactured or developed by a “foreign adversary,” together with China, in line with a memo circulated by Commerce Department officers and obtained by The New York Times.

“The Biden administration is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable and secure internet,” the memo stated. “Certain countries,” together with China, “do not share these democratic values.”

On Wednesday, administration officers wouldn’t go into specifics about the way forward for TikTok’s availability to American customers or say whether or not the U.S. authorities would search to compel ByteDance, which owns the app, to switch American consumer information to a company based mostly within the United States. Amid quite a lot of profitable authorized challenges waged by ByteDance, a deal to switch the information to Oracle fell by this year shortly after Mr. Biden took office.

Administration officers stated a evaluation of TikTok by the Committee on Foreign Investment within the United States, the physique that considers the nationwide safety implications of international investments in U.S. corporations, was nonetheless persevering with and separate from the order.

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