ByteDance, owner of the popular video app TikTok, has been given until December 14 by the US court of appeal to submit certain documents in its appeal process. Earlier this week, the Chinese concern objected to President Donald Trump’s order to transfer all of TikTok’s US activities to a party in the United States.
‘Ministry of Commerce will not yet enforce decree’
Trump agreed in September to a deal between Bytedance, Oracle and Walmart that would bring the US parts into a new company, TikTok Global.
The deadline for that forced deal was supposed to end on Thursday. Amid all the negotiations, lawsuits and the election of Joe Biden as president, the status of the deadline has become unclear.
Bytedance not only took to court this week to object to Trump’s decree, but also specifically requested a postponement to finalize the terms of the deal.
According to The Wall Street Journal in any case, the US Department of Commerce has no intention of enforcing the decree and putting the still contradictory TikTok on black. The business newspaper writes that the ministry first wants to await the further course of the legal process.
The app with over 100 million US users has been under heavy fire in the US for some time now. According to the Trump administration, TikTok stores too much data, which ends up with the Chinese government via the Chinese parent company ByteDance.
The president therefore demanded that TikTok’s US operations be sold to an American party. In another decree, Trump demanded that the offering of TikTok in the app stores by Apple and Google be banned, but that was blocked by a judge.