President Joe Biden withdrew Trump-era orders that sought to ban WeChat and TikTok. Biden ordered a Commerce Department review of security concerns posed by those apps. He has asked for recommendations within 120 days to protect US citizen data acquired by foreign companies. Biden has asked intelligence and Homeland security to give threat assessments on data gathered by foreign companies to the Commerce Department as it conducts its review.
The Trump administration on Friday opted not to grant ByteDance a new extension of an order requiring it to divest TikTok’s U.S. assets. However, the talks will continue over TikTok’s fate. Last week, the administration granted ByteDance a one-week extension until Friday over the order to shed TikTok’s U.S. assets. President Trump in August gave orders to enforce the divestiture order once the deadline expired, but it is unclear when or how the govt may seek to compel divestiture.