When President Donald J. Trump wrote an executive order prohibiting Chinese apps Tik Tok and We Chat due to national security issues and the ideological idol of Democrats, he was correct that the CCP-run app is a problem for Americans. Vice President Joe Biden revoked the executive order due to concerns about ‘Free Speech’ for the Communists.
“Trump’s ban faced a series of legal challenges and never came into force, the BBC wrote about Biden’s actions, “Instead, the US Department of Commerce will now review apps designed and developed by those in “the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary,” such as China.”
And the loud Democrats who blasted Tik Tok as a threat to the US claimed that their assessment under Biden was useless to the American people.
When he overruled Trump’s EO, providing the CCP better access to the American people, Biden stated that “It should use an “evidence-based approach” to determine if they constitute a risk to US national security.
The Chinese company Bytedance owns the popular video app TikTok, and Trump ordered a block on new downloads in 2020.
A plan was made to have Oracle and Walmart own a US entity of the service and be in charge of managing the data of US users of TikTok and content moderation, but due to a number of legal issues and the fact that Trump would be leaving office soon after, neither the ban nor the US companies’ involvement ever materialized.
According to concerned parties, Biden’s advice that the federal government conduct “rigorous, evidence-based analysis” to assess the threats posed by China-based apps and software and should address “any unacceptable or undue risks consistent with overall national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives,” hasn’t proven to be effective.
Then-Vice President Biden admitted that applications may “access and capture vast swathes of information from users,” and he added that “this data collection threatens to provide foreign adversaries with access to that information.”
Around 80 million Americans use TikTok each month.
Senior American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney Ashley Gorski applauded Biden’s decision to lift the restriction.
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“President Biden is right to revoke these Trump administration executive orders, which blatantly violated the First Amendment rights of TikTok and WeChat users in the United States,” she said, adding more details,
“The Commerce Department’s review of these and other apps must not take us down the same misguided path, by serving as a smokescreen for future bans or other unlawful actions.”
However, one brave Democratic lawmaker backed Donald Trump’s efforts to ban China’s TikTok app and warned staff might be able to spy on user data. CONTINUE READING…