© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The TikTok app’s brand seen on a cell phone display on this image illustration taken February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Illustration
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Biden administration on Monday requested two federal appeals courts to dismiss the Justice Division’s authorized challenges to courtroom rulings that barred a Trump-era effort to ban new downloads of Chinese language-owned video-sharing app TikTok.
Final month, President Joe Biden withdrew a sequence of government orders issued by former President Donald Trump that sought to ban new downloads of WeChat, TikTok and different Chinese language apps and ordered a brand new overview.
The Commerce Division on June 22 formally withdrew a listing of prohibited transactions with ByteDance-owned TikTok and Tencent-owned WeChat issued in September that sought to bar downloads of the apps.
The Justice Division mentioned Monday that the federal government’s authorized challenges had been now moot. It requested the U.S. Court docket of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the Third Circuit to dismiss its appeals.
Throughout Donald Trump’s presidency, the Commerce Division had additionally sought to ban different transactions that may have successfully banned WeChat’s use in the USA and later sought related restrictions that may have barred TikTok’s use. Courts blocked all these restrictions from taking impact.
The Biden order directed the Commerce Division to observe software program purposes like TikTok that would 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 overseas adversaries.
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo informed Reuters in a June 28 interview that the division was “simply getting began” with its overview that may embody an “evidence-based” evaluation.
“The entire level of the chief order is to take actually sturdy steps to guard People’ knowledge from assortment and utilization by overseas adversaries,” Raimondo mentioned.
Biden’s government order additionally revoked one other Trump order signed in January that focused eight different communications and monetary expertise software program purposes.
That 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 so far.
A separate U.S. nationwide safety overview of TikTok, launched in late 2019, stays lively.
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