Biden Administration Pauses Trump’s TikTok Ban, Backs Off Pressure To Sell App


Banning TikTok has been headlines. Many countries have banned TikTok and America is thinking about that too. Then-President Donald Trump made the decision to ban TikTok has now kept on hold on Wednesday, as the Department of Justice signaled in a new court filing that the Biden administration is reversing the pressure on the Chinese-owned app that is TikTok.

At the time of Trump’s presidentship, calling national security concerns, Trump made an offer to Beijing-based ByteDance to force the sale of TikTok to an American company. TikTok would be effectively blacklisted in the U.S. if no deal was reached.

Two companies, one Oracle with Walmart teamed up and tried to hammer out an acquisition deal with ByteDance for taking over TikTok’s U.S. operations, but this deal never concluded and it now appears to have stalled.

Chinese state media, in September, called Trump’s crusade against TikTok “daylight robbery.”

Many cases against TikTok, has pressed in federal courts by the Trump administration, where the disputes are still pending.

A motion is filed in a federal on Wednesday, by Justice Department lawyer Casen Ross appealing the case between the government and TikTok which indicates that the case might be dropped entirely by the Biden administration.

The White House is inquiring and a wide-ranging exploration into how Chinese-owned technology companies could act as a risk to Americans’ privacy and data security.

The Biden administration “plans to conduct an evaluation of the underlying record justifying those prohibitions,” Ross added.

Biden has mentioned that his administration is examining other Chinese tech companies and trade practices and he has some concerns with TikTok.

According to the court, Trump’s TikTok ban appeared to be politically motivated and lacked a solid finding that the popular app posed a risk to Americans’ national security.

TikTok had been cooperating with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S before Trump took the extraordinary step of attempting to shut down a business legally operating in the U.S.

There is news that the parent company of TikTok, ByteDance, is still linked with the committee to figure out possible concerns about China’s authoritarian government gaining access to Americans’ data.

TikTok has mentioned that there is a firewall between the app and its corporate owner in China. TikTok has also claimed that none of the data of Americans is stored in Chinese servers.

TikTok has said that Chinese government officials never asked them for information on Americans and under TikTok’s terms of service, user data can be shared with ByteDance. But if anything like this happens, TikTok’s lawyers say it would be denied.

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