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Biden Reverses Trump Decree Against Chinese Apps Tik Tok And WeChat | Voice Of America

President Joe Biden on Wednesday reversed the decrees of former President Donald Trump to ban WeChat and TikTok applications, and ordered a review by the Commerce Department of the security problems that both pose. The Trump administration tried to block the download of these applications by new users and to limit other technical operations that, according to TikTok and WeChat, both owned by China, would effectively block their use in the United States. The courts blocked the decrees and they never came into force. Biden’s decree does not free Tik Tok and WeChat from suspicions that personal data of Americans may be at the disposal of the Chinese government. In fact, a national security review of TikTok from the end of 2019 is still ongoing and a White House official told reporters that the Executive remains very concerned about the risks of TikTok user data. Biden’s new decree says that certain countries, including the People’s Republic of China, do not share the values ​​of promoting an open, reliable, interoperable and secure internet, and seek to take advantage of pathways that present “unacceptable national security risks while pushing for controls. and authoritarian interests ”. As the White House explains in a statement, the decree allows the United States to take strong steps to protect the sensitive data of Americans, it offers criteria to identify software applications that may present an unacceptable risk. In addition, it develops more options to protect critical personal data and address the potential threat of certain software applications per connection. Among other things, it also directs the Commerce Department to carry out an “evidence-based” analysis of transactions involving applications that are manufactured, supplied or controlled by China. Both TikTok, which has more than 100 million users in the United States, and WeChat have denied the accusation that they are a threat to national security. Connect with the Voice of America! Subscribe to our YouTube channel and activate notifications, or follow us on social networks: Facebook, Twitter

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