Will there be no harm on TikTok in today’s administration?
After former US President Donald Trump blatantly expressed his concerns about China-based apps like video-sharing platform, TikTok. The now-President Joseph Biden is quick to deliver a new signed executive order to replace all those orders. Instead of proposing a ban against apps like TikTok or WeChat, Biden tasks administration to investigate the app, even more, to prove whether they really have a US security issue to begin with.
Biden’s new signed executive order
On Wednesday, June 9, The Verge reported about Biden’s new order on the line. So, instead of pushing the judicial system to punish TikTok and its company, ByteDance. President Biden will include the commerce secretary to have a serious investigation about the app’s involvement with the Chinese military party. For now, though, the option of banning TikTok or WeChat are revoked.
“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 senior administration official said Wednesday. “The challenge that we’re addressing with this EO is that certain countries, including China, do not share these commitments or values and are instead working to leverage digital technologies and American data in ways that present unacceptable national security risks.”
The signed order by the President also tasked other government agencies to collaborate with the Commerce Department when it comes to giving suggestions on how the government can protect the data security of the administration. Though Biden didn’t point out China in the letter, it seems this was the main country he was referring to on the signed order.
What will happen on Trump orders now?
Ever since President Biden sits on his position as the new POTUS, a lot of Trump orders that were signed before were also revoked or replaced by the new leader. Although, his most controversial yet, is probably this new TikTok regulation.
Since the investigation on the apps will now start over again, all ongoing court orders against ByteDance will also be revoked. However, the investigations of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, will remain “under active discussion by the US government,” according to the document.
This agency was tasked to pressure TikTok on looking for a new US-based owner than its Chinese company, ByteDance. Oracle already offered to buy the company, according to few reports. However, as of now, no updates have yet announced about its possible partnership.
Going back on TikTok vs. Trump
Last year, Trump was the first one in the US to criticize the said Chinese app. He believes that the video-sharing platform poses a huge role with the Chinese military group, which he said could easily infiltrate the minds of Americans or even get information on their security level in the country.
“The legal authority for these executive orders is incredibly broad,” says last year by attorney Brian Fleming, a former counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “It gives the president a lot of latitudes to determine and declare national emergencies.”
As of now, TikTok has not yet released statement about the newly-signed order of the President.