GOP Senators press Biden admin on enforcement of Trump presidential order on TikTok

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A group of Republican Senators led by Tom Cotton is demanding answers from the Biden administration on how it is enforcing a Trump-era executive order that targeted ByteDance, the Chinese parent company behind TikTok.

In a Thursday letter sent to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the lawmakers asked why the Biden administration has been seemingly dragging its foot on the "national security and privacy risks posed by TikTok."

Their letter came just days after a report that ByteDance has had access to American users’ data for months, even while U. S. employees did not have access themselves.

Former President Trump issued an Executive Order (E. O. 13942) on August 6, 2020, restricting the use of TikTok in the U.S. over privacy concerns – particularly for federal employees and contractors. ByteDance retaliated by suing in federal court and secured a preliminary injunction that halted a pending prohibition against downloading the TikTok app.

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Trump issued an additional Presidential Order on August 14, 2020, directing ByteDance to divest its American assets and destroy any data it acquired through TikTok. The order argued that ByteDance’s acquisition of Musical.ly, a video-sharing social media platform, threatened to "impair the national security of the United States."

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