TikTok ban: Trump administration still looking for a solution

The Trump administration said on Wednesday it was working on a solution to the Chinese application TikTok file that the government is seeking to ban from the United States, while the Chinese group asked for a period of one month before being forced to sell its American activities.

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TikTok, a subsidiary of the Chinese group Bytedance, filed a request on Tuesday with a Washington court to prevent an order issued by Donald Trump’s government on August 14 from taking effect on Thursday. TikTok had also complained of a lack of feedback in discussions with the US government.

On Wednesday, the US Treasury responded by saying in a statement that it remained “focused on finding a solution to the national security risks arising from the acquisition of Musical.ly by ByteDance, pursuant to the order of the 14th. August signed by the president ”.

The Trump administration wants to ban the popular application of Chinese group ByteDance in the United States because it believes there is a risk of transfers of user data to China.

ByteDance had established TikTok in the United States by buying the Musical.ly application, already present in the United States, three years ago, and then merging it with TikTok.

While ByteDance complained of “constantly facing new requests” and of “lacking visibility on the possibility that (its) proposed solutions will be accepted”, the Treasury claims on the contrary “to have been clear with ByteDance concerning the steps necessary to reach a solution.

In an August 14 decree against the social network, President Donald Trump demanded that ByteDance sell TikTok’s US activities within 90 days, in the name of “US national security.”

After negotiations with several companies, ByteDance and TikTok offered to form a new company involving IT group Oracle as a technology partner in the United States and retail giant Walmart as a business partner.

The project seemed to suit the US administration, but the platform is still awaiting the green light.

She complains that she did not receive any additional delay from CFIUS, the agency responsible for ensuring that foreign investments do not pose a risk to national security. The CFIUS investigation led to the August 14 decree.

“Almost two months have passed since the president gave his preliminary agreement to our proposal (…). We have provided detailed solutions to finalize the agreement, but have not received any substantial feedback on our concrete project in terms of personal data protection and security, ”TikTok said on Tuesday.

“We have no choice but to file an action in court to defend our rights and those of more than 1,500 employees in the United States,” TikTok added two days before the November 12 deadline.

TikTok has 100 million users in the United States.

The app also fell under a decree of August 6, which also threatened to ban it by November 12, for the same reasons, but under different terms.

But on October 30, a Pennsylvania judge seized by three TikTok content creators ordered the US administration not to prevent other companies from providing essential services to the platform, such as online hosting. The Trump administration had appealed.

“We are referring questions regarding the ongoing legal dispute to the Justice Department,” a Treasury spokeswoman added on Wednesday.


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