ByteDance Gets 15-Day Extension on US Order to Divest TikTok

The Trump administration granted ByteDance a 15-day extension of a divestiture order that had directed the Chinese firm to promote its TikTok brief video-sharing app by Thursday.

TikTok first disclosed the extension earlier in a court docket submitting, saying it now has till November 27 to attain an settlement. Under strain from the US authorities, ByteDance has been in talks for a take care of Walmart and Oracle to shift TikTok’s US belongings into a brand new entity.

The Treasury Department stated on Friday the Committee on Foreign Investment within the United States (CFIUS) granted the 15-day extension to “provide the parties and the committee additional time to resolve this case in a manner that complies with the Order.”

ByteDance filed a petition on Tuesday with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia difficult the Trump administration divestiture order.

ByteDance stated on Tuesday CFIUS seeks “to compel the wholesale divestment of TikTok, a multibillion-dollar business built on technology developed by” ByteDance and based mostly on the federal government’s overview of the Chinese firm’s 2017 acquisition of Musical.ly.

President Donald Trump in an August 14 order had directed ByteDance to divest the app inside 90 days.

The Trump administration contends TikTok poses nationwide safety considerations, saying the private information of US customers may very well be obtained by China’s authorities. TikTok, which has over 100 million US customers, denies the allegations.

Trump has stated the Walmart-Oracle deal had his “blessing.”

One huge problem that has endured is over the possession construction of the brand new firm, TikTok Global, which might personal TikTok’s US belongings.

In Tuesday’s court docket submitting, ByteDance stated it submitted a fourth proposal final Friday that contemplated addressing US considerations “by creating a new entity, wholly owned by Oracle, Walmart and existing US investors in ByteDance, that would be responsible for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.”

Separate restrictions on TikTok from the US Commerce Department have been blocked by federal courts, together with transaction curbs scheduled to take impact on Thursday that TikTok warned may successfully ban the app’s use within the United States.

A Commerce Department ban on Apple and Alphabet’s Google providing TikTok for obtain for brand spanking new US customers that had been set to take impact on September 27 has additionally been blocked.

© Thomson Reuters 2020


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