US President Joe Biden drops Donald Trump orders seeking ban on China’s TikTok, WeChat

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  • South China Morning Post published this video item, entitled “US President Joe Biden drops Donald Trump orders seeking ban on China’s TikTok, WeChat” – below is their description.

    US President Joe Biden revoked previous executive orders seeking to ban social media apps TikTok and WeChat on June 9, 2021. The ban was issued by former US President Donald Trump in August 2020, citing security concerns posed by the Chinese apps. The new executive order directs the US Commerce Department to review the apps associated with foreign adversaries and evaluate transactions of software applications that may pose a risk for tech services to operate properly in the US.

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