US revokes ban list for TikTok and WeChat – 06/21/2021 – Tec

The US Department of Commerce announced on Monday (21) the repeal of a list published in September that prohibited downloads of TikTok and WeChat applications.

The move comes after current US President Joe Biden earlier this month revoked several executive orders from then-President Donald Trump seeking to ban new downloads of WeChat and TikTok apps from Chinese owners and order a review by Department of Commerce of the security issues presented by these applications and others.

The Commerce Department during the Trump administration also tried to ban WeChat in the US and similar restrictions that would have barred the use of TikTok.

Biden’s decree instructed the Commerce Department to monitor applications like TikTok that could affect national security, as well as make recommendations within 120 days to protect US data acquired or accessible by companies controlled by foreign adversaries.

WeChat, which has been downloaded at least 19 million times by US users, is used for services, games and payments.

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