As reported this week by The Wall Street Journal, the plan to sell TikTok to the Oracle company has been suspended indefinitely . The new management of President Joe Biden has announced that it will not force the owners of the platform to sell their shares to US companies as it transpired during 2020.
Thus, the plan to force the sale of the US operations of TikTok to a group that included to Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. has been shelved indefinitely. Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden is reviewing the efforts of his predecessor, Donald Trump, to address potential security risks from Chinese tech companies.
Late on Wednesday, the Biden administration asked to delay the government's appeal of the December injunction by a federal district court judge against the ban on TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance.
In a filing In court, the Biden administration indicated that it had begun a review that would help it determine whether the threat to national security cited by the Trump administration continues to justify the ban. However, discussions continue between representatives of ByteDance and national security officials in the United States, sources close to the conversations have pointed out.
Those discussions have focused on data security and ways to prevent the Chinese government from accessing it. to the information TikTok collects about American users, they said. And, although the sale has been suspended, it is not ruled out that different measures will be applied in the future. Indeed, this decision marks the beginning of a new stage . US officials continue to discuss data security with Bytedance and how to prevent the Chinese government from accessing the information the app collects.
“We plan to develop a comprehensive approach to secure US data in the coming months. We look forward to reviewing specific cases in light of a comprehensive understanding of the risks , ”Emily Horne, spokesperson for the National Security Council, explained to The Wall Street Journal.
For her part, White House press secretary Jen Psaki , has not refuted the exposed report, but indicated that the federal government has not taken "new proactive steps" in the process . He added that the Biden administration carefully assesses risks to US information, including those involving TikTok.
The US Foreign Investment Commission, which considers the national security implications of such investments, is currently conducting a review of TikTok, stressed Psaki, who did not specify how long that process would take.
Trump lashed out at TikTok in the middle of last year with a series of executive orders expressing concern about the US information TikTok collects from its users . However, the courts temporarily blocked the attempt to ban the White House and shortly after the presidential election overshadowed disputes around the app.
TikTok is a video platform where users can watch or upload short videos of up to 60 seconds . Upon opening the application, the user is on the "For you" page, with the first video suggested by the TikTok algorithm. All content is uploaded to the app's servers. Users can determine for each individual video whether it can only be viewed by themselves (private) or potentially by all users (public) .