ByteDance – the Chinese firm behind 2020’s Social Media Phenomenon TikTok – is growing concerned by the lack of communication from the Trump Administration.
Brought about by concerns in the US that the Chinese Government could use TikTok to spy on American citizens, there was a proposed deal in place for TikTok to be placed under the control of US Companies Oracle and Walmart.
However, with the 12th of November deadline upon us, TikTok have not heard the outcome of the review by The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), led by the US Treasury Department.
As reported in Computing, in a “49-page petition, ByteDance said that the forced divestment of TikTok violates the US constitution. The future of the popular video-sharing app has been in limbo since Trump signed an executive order in August, asking ByteDance to sell TikTok to American firms by mid-November or face a US-wide ban….”
They continued “…TikTok has repeatedly denied those allegations, saying that its data centres are located outside of China, and that none of the data collected is subject to Chinese law. It also says that it is ready to work with the US officials to resolve concerns surrounding the app.”
Apache Comment: It’s almost as if the Trump administration has it’s hands full with other things like, erm …. I don’t know, maybe like making up spurious claims of voter fraud..? Mind you, with the recent announcements of a vote recount in Georgia, maybe there’s something in that. Only time will tell.
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