Biden is rescinding Trump-era bans on TikTok and WeChat but wants his commerce secretary to investigate foreign apps

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TikTok users in the US have been reacting to the news of a potential ban of the popular app for months.

  • President Biden signed an executive order rescinding a ban on TikTok and WeChat, The Verge reported.
  • Trump signed a series of executive actions last year targeting the Chinese-owned apps.
  • Biden directed the commerce secretary to investigate apps with ties to foreign adversaries.
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President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order rescinding former President Donald Trump’s attempts to ban TikTok and WeChat in the US.

According to The Verge, which first reported the news, Biden’s executive order calls for Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to investigate apps with connections to foreign adversaries. The Associated Press and The New York Times also confirmed the news.

“The administration is committed to promoting an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure internet and to protecting human rights online and offline, and to supporting a vibrant global digital economy,” a White House official told The Verge.

Trump in 2020 had targeted both apps and sought to ban them because of their ownership by Chinese companies. Judges previously halted the bans, though Biden’s order rescinds them entirely.

TikTok did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment Wednesday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.