US government will review foreign apps to see if they pose a risk to US national security, president Joe Biden announced as he at the same time revoked a Donald Trump executive order that was issued to ban Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat. The Trump order has been on hold after discussions about ownership changes that were never implemented.
The Department of Commerce will now review apps designed and developed by those in “the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary”. It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, Biden said.
Trump ordered a ban on new downloads of Chinese-owned TikTok describing the app as a threat to national security. After discussions about introducing a US-owner of the TikTok operations that never led to any changes, the Trump order has been active but never implemented.
TikTok-owner ByteDance has launched a new brand called Volcano Engine offering enterprise clients technologies such as recommendation algorithm, data analysis and artificial intelligence. It also plans to add public cloud computing services.