Biden Administration Builds on Trump-Era Attempts To Crack Down on TikTok

Former President Donald Trump signed an executive order in August 2020 banning U.S. businesses from doing business China-based ByteDance. This ban, which was owned by TikTok and other apps, meant that the only option to bypass the ban and give U.S. users access would be to buy the app. This executive order was signed by the President. In other words, it is possible to effectively use the internet.This app seriously impedes advertisers’ access to TikTok, and the ability of app stores to sell it.

Federal courts blocked Trump’s executive orders as Walmart and Microsoft fought for the app. Rightly, the Biden administration decided not to appeal and allowed TikTok’s approximately 100 million U.S.-based users to use the app. The new administration appeared to have reached a reasonable impasse for eight months. While it was not without reservations about the concerns regarding national security that rankled Trump’s advisers, it resisted any sudden moves and did so with little thought. It also resisted the temptation to engage in America-first corporate meddling, which Trump misunderstookly wanted.

The Department of Commerce of President Joe Biden is now trying something new and more intrusive. The Department of Commerce is trying a different approach.Just closed the ublic comments period There are new rulesThe Federal Register was updated to include “apps that can be used to steal data or otherly obtain it” as an explicit part of federal oversight. According to It Wall Street Journal. Foreign apps would be required to undergo third-party auditing and source code examination, as well as monitoring the logs that reveal user data.

TikTok stated repeatedly that it won’t share American user data with China and that the company has backup servers in Singapore. JournalThese justifications are not sufficient to avoid federal government scrutiny. Some remain worried that server placement may be irrelevant, and any China-based company could be made to bid for Beijing, unbeknownst of its U.S. customers and affiliates.

It’s concerning to read that federal authorities could bully a foreign corporation into selling part of its business to the U.S., particularly through the threat or ban on a completely hypothetical fear,” wrote author. ReasonElizabeth Nolan Brown, a member of the Elizabeth Nolan Brown family will be back in 2020. “The [Trump]The administration has not provided any evidence to suggest that China is collecting U.S. data via TikTok, or at what end users’ TikTok data could be useful to China’s leaders.”

There are reasons to suspect that TikTok has been weaponized by the [Chinese Communist Party]” National ReviewJohn Mac Ghlionn, 2021’s John Mac Ghlionn claims that this is not hyperbole. He then fails to mention any specific TikTok threats to U.S. users’ security. The case against ByteDance and all its products is stronger.

Keep in mind the serious security concerns around Huawei as well as legitimate worries about corporate spying. More recently, in April of this year, the writer and researcher Gordon G. Chang documented the ways in which the Chinese government uses technology to spy on Canadian citizens. Who would think that the CCP doesn’t spy on citizens from the United States? 1 enemy?” He went on. He continued.

Trump’s strategy involved meddling wrongly in the affairs private companies with little to no assurance that ByteDance’s Chinese high-ups would approve of such a sale. Biden’s method, which may effectively deter foreign apps from doing business here, could not be more effective.