WASHINGTON—The Commerce Division stated Monday it was rescinding a listing of prohibited transactions with TikTok and WeChat that had been issued in September because the Trump administration sought to dam new U.S. downloads of each Chinese language-owned apps.
The withdrawals got here after President Joe Biden earlier this month withdrew a collection of Trump-era govt orders that sought to ban new downloads of Tencent-owned WeChat and TikTok, and ordered a Commerce Division assessment of safety issues posed by these apps and others.
The Commerce Division below Trump additionally had sought to ban different transactions that will have successfully banned WeChat’s use in america and later sought related restrictions that will have barred TikTok’s use.
The division didn’t instantly remark.
The Biden order directed the Commerce Division to observe software program functions like TikTok that might have an effect on U.S. nationwide safety, in addition to to make suggestions inside 120 days to guard U.S. knowledge acquired or accessible by corporations managed by international adversaries.
WeChat is a well-liked social media and messaging app developed by Chinese language expertise large Tencent Holdings. Proof exhibits that WeChat is a software of censorship, monitoring, and suppression wielded by the Chinese language Communist Celebration (CCP).
Biden’s govt order revokes the WeChat and TikTok orders Trump issued in August, together with one other in January that focused eight different communications and monetary expertise software program functions.
The January Trump order directed officers to ban transactions with eight Chinese language apps, together with Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent’s QQ Pockets and WeChat pay. No bans have been issued to this point.
The Trump administration had appealed judicial orders blocking the bans on TikTok and WeChat, however after Biden took workplace in January, the U.S. Justice Division requested to pause the appeals.
A separate U.S. nationwide safety assessment of TikTok, launched in late 2019, stays lively.
By David Shepardson
NTD workers contributed to this report