TikTok Ban Update


Liz Wilbur, Writer

There has been threats of banning tik tok ever since the Trump administration wanted to ban TikTok for being owned by a Chinese Company, and that he was worried about the personal data being taken through the app. But, recently those plans have been paused. The Justice Department lawyer, Casen Ross, filed a motion in a federal appeals cases between the government and TikTok. This is indicating that the Biden administration might drop the case entirely. 

The White House is undertaking a wide-ranging problem that looks into how Chinese-owned technology companies could potentially pose a risk to Americans’ privacy and data security.

“A review of the prohibitions at issue here may narrow the issues presented or eliminate the need for this Court’s review entirely,” Ross wrote.

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

Biden has said that he has some concerns with TikTok, and the administration is inspecting other Chinese tech companies and trade practices, but taking action on a sole app like Tik Tok is not expected to be the main priority.

Courts have repeatedly sided against Trump’s Tik Tok ban, ruling that the effort appeared to be politically motivated and lacked evidence that TikTok posed a risk to Americans’ national security.

Under Tik Tok’s terms of service, user data can be shared with ByteDance, the company owned by TikTok. Yet TikTok said it has never been asked by Chinese government officials for information on Americans. If Beijing did ever make such a request, Tik Tok’s lawyers say it would be denied.

The amount of data Tik Tok gets from its cell phone users is like what other apps collect, including the ones owned by Facebook and Google.


  • https://www.npr.org/2021/02/10/966584204/biden-administration-pauses-trumps-tiktok-ban-backs-off-pressure-for-tiktok-to-s