Biden Calls For TikTok And WeChat Pause While Reviewing Ban | WABNEWS

NEW YORK – USA – The administration of President Joe Biden asked a US court Thursday to suspend litigation related to former President Donald Trump’s proposed ban of the WeChat app, while it reviews the policy. The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an application with the United States Court of Appeals requesting the stay of the case. That follows Wednesday’s action when the department asked a federal court for a pause in proceedings aimed at banning the Chinese app TikTok. Newly installed Commerce Department officials have begun a review of the previous administration’s actions on WeChat, including “an assessment of the underlying registry justifying those bans,” the DOJ said in the filing. Judge questions whether he has the power to stop government action against TikTok A judge ruled on Friday that the United States government cannot prohibit the download of the Chinese application TikTok in the United States from being blocked. But that ruling could be reversed with an appeal. “The government will then be in a better position to determine” whether “the regulatory purpose of protecting the safety of Americans and their data continues to justify the identified prohibitions,” the document added. Trump issued an executive order last August declaring WeChat and TikTok threats to national security due to data collection practices that affect Americans. However, US courts have blocked the bans from taking effect, leading to appeals filed in recent months by the Trump administration seeking to overturn the lower courts. The DOJ said the Commerce Department “remains committed to a strong defense of national security, as well as ensuring the viability of our economy and preserving individual rights and data.”

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