Biden halts plan to force TikTok to sell its assets in the US
The Administration of US President Joe Biden has suspended the plan to force the social network TikTok to divest its assets in the United States while assessing the alleged security risks of the popular Chinese application, as they have advanced the newspaper The Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press.
Citing unidentified sources, the US newspaper notes that the new government “I had indefinitely shelved the plan” to demand the sale of TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, to the American tech giant Oracle, with the Walmart chain as a retail partner.
Former President Donald Trump’s initiative had been prompted by concerns that TikTok and other Chinese online services pose national security risks due to their ties to the Beijing government. However, the measure was blocked for legal reasons when a federal judge in Washington ordered the precautionary suspension of the White House executive order that prevented the social network TikTok from continuing to operate normally in the United States. The decision came just over six hours before the veto, scheduled for midnight, took effect.
Now, the new Administration would be “reviewing the security of the data and information that TikTok collects on American users”, which the Chinese government is feared to access, but, for now, there will be no imminent movement to force the sale.
TikTok, the app with an estimated 100 million users in the country, has repeatedly defended itself against allegations of information transfer to the Chinese government, saying that it stores user information on servers in the United States and Singapore. A tentative agreement revealed by the previous US government would make Silicon Valley giant Oracle the technology partner of TikTok and a new entity to be called TikTok Global.