Following threats to ban TikTok, Donald Trump has set a 90-day deadline for his Chinese parent company ByteDance to withdraw from its US ownership of TikTok, the White House announced in an executive order on Friday.
“There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … could take action that threatens to undermine United States national security,” Trump wrote in the Executive Order (EO), which served as an extension social media. after a 45-day divestment period a few weeks earlier.
As part of the TikTok sale, the OE also demanded that ByteDance destroy all data connected to US users of the app, then “certify in writing” to the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States “that such destruction of data is complete ”.
On August 6, Trump issued a similar executive order to both TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, and Chinese tech giant Tencent, owner of WeChat, in response to “the spread of developed mobile applications in the United States. and owned by companies in the People’s Republic of China. And the security risk they would suppose to pose.
At that point, Trump set a 45-day deadline of September 15 for a potential sale, or the app could face a government ban in the United States. However, Friday’s EO doubled the time frame for a deal to be reached; Microsoft and Twitter are among the alleged contenders for TikTok.
TikTok said in a statement that the company had tried to allay government concerns over the past year. “What we encountered instead was that the administration paid no attention to the facts, dictated the terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes and tried to insert itself into negotiations. between private companies, ”the company said (via the Associated press).