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President rescinds last year's TikTok controls, issues new ones

The White House, in a new executive order, this week revoked Trump-era controls on the use of Chinese-owned app TikTok and its WeChat counterpart, among others. But it immediately put in place new restrictions which some experts say are more specific, and more stringent, on the popular sharing platforms. 

“President Biden revoked and replaced three E.O.s that aimed to prohibit transactions with TikTok, WeChat, and eight other communications and financial technology software applications,” the White House said in a statement. “In their place, [a new] E.O. directs the use of a criteria-based decision framework and rigorous, evidence-based analysis to address the risks posed” by such apps and transactions involving them. 

The statement notes that restrictions are needed since these apps and related technology are “owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction of a foreign adversary, including the People’s Republic of China, that may present an undue or unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States and the American people.”

Early reports from the Wall Street Journal, CNN and the news pages of Vanity Fair all offer interesting takes on the new E.O. The previous administration’s crackdown—effectively an attempt at banning—the use of TikTok in the U.S. was slowed by litigation. The original E.O.’s stated aim was to remove the risk that foreign apps might track the movements of federal employees and contractors, information that then could nefariously be used by hostile and competing governments.

How will the new order be applied, and play out, to affect feds? Stay tuned. 

Reader comments

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

My niece lives on TikTok.

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Somehow no one has said it much... You can't stop Tik Tok or thingslike it from catching on.

Sat, Jun 12, 2021 Linda Robinett Sebastopol, CA

Even though I don't have a clearance anymore and am retired, I don't use platforms owned by adversaries such as China. My friends think I am being jerky about it but I feel if it is not safe for a DoD employee, it is not safe for any American.

Fri, Jun 11, 2021

good luck stopping tiktok. it's everywhere.

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