TikTok vs. United States: Won’t ban but insist on local sale

The Trump Administration will be marked – among other things – by the battle waged on technology, especially the Chinese. The outgoing President of the United States took very seriously the use that companies such as Huawei, WeChat and TikTok would give the personal data of American citizens. So much so that it came to promote the prohibition or blocking of some of them. And in this way (although quite possibly his motives are not entirely noble), he gave visibility to a long-delayed debate.

“The Foreign Investment Committee is working with ByteDance to complete the divestiture and other steps necessary to resolve national security risks,” Reuters says …

The political escalation peaked in late November. When the Government of that country ordered ByteDance to divest itself of the local business related to TikTok. The deadline was met on December 4, but nothing happened afterwards. Will Donald Trump ever execute his will before leaving power?

As well, according to Reuters, the term will not be extended again but the blockade of TikTok will not be executed either. The media quotes a representative of the Treasury Department, who would have confided that “the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is working with ByteDance to complete the divestment and other necessary steps to resolve national security risks.”

Trump took very seriously the use that companies such as Huawei, WeChat and TikTok would give the personal data of US citizens …

Too Bloomberg reported in this regard. “Unidentified sources” would have said that, indeed, TikTok would not be banned. Still, they warn that the Trump administration insists on a sale that satisfies national security concerns.

If all this is true, the order of the United States Department of Commerce that first set November 12 as the deadline (and which was blocked until today by the District Court) will never be executed.

WalMart and Oracle intend to stay with the local headquarters of the social network and promote a new company globally …

Let us also remember that, on November 25, ByteDance reported “a new proposal” to the Government of the United States (which would be under study). And that the negotiation with the companies WalMart and Oracle is also in force. The companies whose main headquarters are in that country intend to stay with the local business of the social network and promote a new company called “TikTok Global”.