New twist in the case between TikTok and the US government. According to the Wall Street Journal, Washington has decided to abandon its plan to force the Chinese group ByteDance to sell the American assets of the social network for sharing videos. Anonymous sources indicate however qeu Joe Biden’s new administration has not yet finalized the response it intends to provide to this file.
Officially, the US government has not denied the substantive information. He confirmed that he was reviewing efforts by former President Donald Trump to address potential national security risks posed by Chinese technology companies, especially in terms of data collection. ‘American users. This operation is global and does not only concern TikTok, whose fate is not yet fixed, as Jen Psaki, the spokesperson for the White House, indicates:
“It is not true to suggest that there is (in this file) a new stage. If we have any announcements to make, we will. “
With this in mind, the Biden government has asked the American justice to suspend the examination of an appeal formulated in late December by the previous administration in this sprawling case, according to court documents consulted by AFP.
Pressure on TikTok’s Chinese parent company
Believing that TikTok posed a threat to “US national security,” the Trump administration demanded that the popular light-weight video-sharing app be flagged for the United States. Donald Trump had thus given his agreement in principle to an offer from ByteDance providing for Oracle and Walmart to take 20% of the shares of a company called TikTok Global, in charge of the platform’s global activities and headquartered in the United States. United. But relatives of the president had estimated that American investors should exercise majority control over the new entity. ByteDance’s position had subsequently evolved, with the group proposing the creation of a company to house its American activities, which suggested that it would be ready to give up its majority.
Discussions are continuing between ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TiktTok, and US officials, the Wall Street Journal continues. They focus on data security and how to keep information from US TikTok subscribers from being accessible to the Chinese government.
Any agreement ByteDance concludes will be subject to approval by Beijing, which places restrictions on exports of technology developed by Chinese companies.