The Biden administration has halted legal action against TikTok and WeChat while reviewing the former administration’s full-blown policies against China, according to BBC News.
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Previously, President Donald Trump tried to ban both apps in the United States, arguing they were a threat to national security.
Mr. Trump said that the strong development of two mobile applications developed and owned by Chinese companies with ties to the Communist Party “threaten national security, foreign policy and the economy of China. USA”. He required TikTok’s operations in the US to be managed by an American company, otherwise TikTok would be blacklisted and banned from US operations.
Following Trump’s orders, both companies have filed a number of lawsuits against the proposed ban.
Over the past week, Mr. Biden’s new administration has now requested a “cancellation” – or suspension – of proceedings while reviewing whether the apps actually pose a threat.
On Wednesday, Attorney Casen Ross of the Justice Department filed a petition on federal appeals cases between the government and TikTok, which indicated that the Biden administration could completely cancel cases in when the White House is conducting a wide-ranging investigation of Chinese technology companies.
Biden has said that he has some concerns with TikTok and that the authorities are scrutinizing Chinese tech companies and other commercial operations, but issuing a ban on a single app like TikTok is not expected to be the focus, according to NPR.
The delay means that both apps can continue operating in the US pending review.
The WeChat messaging app has more than a billion users worldwide, but US revenue is only about 2%.
Meanwhile, video sharing application TikTok has about 800 million users worldwide, of which 100 million in the US alone.
Software company Oracle partnered with Walmart and attempted an acquisition deal with ByteDance to take over TikTok’s US operations, but discussions so far stalled. Some sources believe that ByteDance wants to extend the negotiation through the presidential election.