Biden Drops Case Against TikTok, ByteDance

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CULVER CITY (U.S.), Aug. 23, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Aug. 21, 2020 shows a logo of the video-sharing social networking company TikTok's Los Angeles Office in Culver City, Los Angeles County, the United States. TikTok confirmed Saturday that it will file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over an executive order banning any U.S. transactions with its parent company ByteDance. (Xinhua)
CULVER CITY (U.S.), Aug. 23, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Aug. 21, 2020 shows a logo of the video-sharing social networking company TikTok's Los Angeles Office in Culver City, Los Angeles County, the United States. TikTok confirmed Saturday that it will file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over an executive order banning any U.S. transactions with its parent company ByteDance. (Xinhua)

President Joe Biden has asked a US court to dismiss his predecessor Donald Trump’s case against the Chinese social video platform TikTok and its parent ByteDance, a court document revealed.

“Defendants-appellants hereby move to voluntarily dismiss this appeal, with each party to bear its own fees and costs for the appeal,” the document, filed in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that named TikTok as the plaintiff and Biden as the defendant, said on Monday.

The September 24 appeal was originally filed by the Trump administration after the court denied the former president’s bid to legally outlaw TikTok and ByteDance in the United States.

Earlier in June, Biden canceled at the government level Trump’s executive order to ban TikTok.

While Biden has undone most of Trump’s executive orders on immigration, climate change and other matters, he has left intact his predecessor’s tariffs imposed on China, indicating he might use them to pressure Beijing into making concessions on trade and other issues.

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