Joe Biden is for the moment giving up banning Chinese TikTok and WeChat applications in the United States.
The American president, by decree, canceled on Wednesday the instructions given by Donald Trump, in August and January.
In practice, the change has little effect on these Chinese applications because an American court had already suspended the decrees signed by Joe Biden's predecessor.
The latter made a small gesture to alleviate the threat that hung over TikTok (broadcasting and sharing of short videos) and WeChat (messaging) without lifting it permanently.
The US executive's review of the privacy risks posed by these smartphone apps to internet users continues.
TikTok is preparing for "sustained growth"
Donald Trump had concluded that they presented a risk to national security, by opening the door to the dissemination to the Chinese Communist Party of confidential information allowing to blackmail American citizens.
TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance and WeChat by Shanghai giant Tencent Holdings.
The Trump administration had gone so far as to try to force TikTok to sell itself to an American company.
Joe Biden is not ready to go that far.
His decree, however, specifies that the collection of data on Americans
“threatens to provide foreign adversaries with access to this information”
It continues to target China by name and has just ordered the Commerce Department to
any transaction that
"poses an undue risk of catastrophic effects on the security or resilience of critical infrastructure or on the economy. digital United States ”
None of the punitive tariffs imposed on Chinese products between 2018 and 2019 by the Trump administration have been lifted. The White House has even just created a "
to initiate possible new sanctions in order to protect the supply chains of American companies dependent on China.