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Washington, June 10: US President Joe Biden has revoked his predecessor Donald Trump’s order banning the download of Chinese apps such as TikTok and WeChat. In a fact sheet released Wednesday, the White House said, “President Biden has overturned three executive orders aimed at banning transactions with Tikitok, WeChat and eight other communications and fintech software applications.
The White House said Buden signed an executive order Wednesday under which the U.S. Secretary of Commerce will now look into whether the apps, which are now owned by a Chinese company, pose a threat to U.S. data privacy or national security. Read more: Sri Lanka calls on Japan to supply 1,000,000 astragenic vaccines
Citing national security concerns, Trump tried to block tic-tac-toe and WeChat downloads by new users in the United States, but his order was blocked in federal district court and did not take effect. The American Civil Liberties Union welcomed the move, saying “President Biden’s decision to return these executive orders to the Trump administration is a clear violation of the First Amendment rights of American TickTock and WeChat users.”