TikTok says it's not going anywhere after Trump promised a ban

Ruben Fields
August 2, 2020

About 70% of ByteDance's outside investors come from the United States.

ByteDance originally hoped to keep a portion of TikTok in any spinoff of the unit.

Again, it's not clear what executive powers would actually allow Trump to put in place a US -wide ban of the application, but it looks like ByteDance is working with parties in the USA on a deal that assumes he'd be able to do so unless the Chinese company divests entirely its USA -based TikTok operations to an American owner.

Many in the Trump administration, as well as independent experts, are concerned the company can not reliably protect US user data. On Friday, there was speculation that the USA based software giant was going to purchase TikTok. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images) President Donald Trump walks outside the White House in Washington on July 31, 2020.

"Under ByteDance's new proposal, Microsoft will be in charge of protecting all USA user data", Reuters reports. "If the White House kills this we know this isn't about national security".

It's unclear who this other United States company would be, or how the operation would be structured.

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The U.S. government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an interagency group led by the Treasury Department, opened a national security review of TikTok previous year.

The app was labeled a national security threat to the USA last month.

Some have said that President Trump's vendetta against TikTok was based on more than national security concerns, and was rather more personal, after young people on TikTok took credit for the humiliating failure of his Tulsa rally a number of weeks ago. Reuters reported past year that CFIUS had opened an investigation into TikTok. While Apple could remove the app's listing from the App Store, preventing further downloads from new users or updates for existing installations, the app would still effectively be usable for the time being, unless language is used to force the creation of blocks preventing the app from communicating with servers. Several apps, including TikTok, were found to be copying iOS users' clipboards.

"Without TikTok, American advertisers would again be left with few choices", Mayer wrote in his post. However, it's unclear whether Trump can ban the app completely.

"Banning an app that millions of Americans use to communicate with each other is a danger to free expression and is technologically impractical", ACLU Surveillance and Cybersecurity Counsel Jennifer Granick said in a statement. We've heard your outpouring of support and we want to say thank you.

On Saturday, in a bid to reassure TikTok's millions of US users, Vanessa Pappas, the country's general manager said in a video message: "We're not going anywhere". TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, their ideas, and connect with people across different backgrounds. And we are so proud of all the various communities that call TikTok their home. We appreciate the support, and we're here for the long run.

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