The Biden administration is resisting former President Donald Trump’s attempts to ban the popular TikTok video app, and is calling on a court to postpone litigation over the proposed ban as the government undertakes a broader review of national security threats facing Chinese tech companies begins.
A court filed on Wednesday said the U.S. Department of Commerce is examining whether Trump’s claims about TikTok’s threat to national security justified attempts to ban it from smartphone app stores and deny it essential technical services.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Biden government has “indefinitely” postponed a proposed US takeover of TikTok. Last year the Trump administration brokered a deal in which the US companies Oracle and Walmart took a large stake in the Chinese app for reasons of national security.
The unusual deal arose out of a Trump regulation aimed at banning TikTok in the US unless it accepted a larger …