Pending a judicial decision supposed to validate or invalidate the embargo it wishes to impose on TikTok, the United States government has so far not applied its sanction against the Chinese social network.
Accused of collecting too much data on American users on behalf of a Chinese company, the TikTok application and in the viewfinder of the administration of outgoing President Donald Trump in the United States. The head of state and his government want to ban the platform on American soil. An embargo in this direction was thus decreed.
However, the sanction was delayed by a court decision and TikTok was thus entitled to a suspension supposed to end on November 12. However, the situation around this file is very confusing, but the social network which is very popular with young users is currently still available for download from the Play Store and the App Store in the United States. Let’s do a check in.
As of November 12, the Chinese owner of TikTok, ByteDance, claimed to have no more information from the US authorities and had therefore requested a 30-day extension for his stay while demanding further explanation. Eventually, the US Department of Commerce cracked of a press release (PDF).
An embargo on pause
The embargo against TikTok ” will not enter into force, pending further legal developments », We learn from reading the document. This evokes a preliminary injunction issued by a district judge in Philadelphia. The said judge indeed seeks to know beforehand if the American authorities indeed have the right to punish TikTok in this way. Pending this judgment, the Trump administration is forced to wait.
In September, an agreement in principle validated by Donald Trump also hinted at a rescue of TikTok in the United States. It was indeed a question of creating a new company to manage the activities of the platform on American soil. This firm would still be majority-owned by ByteDance, but would benefit from the partnership between Oracle and Walmart.
Before that, the White House temporary worker was pushing for TikTok to be bought by an American firm.
A new president in the United States
With this agreement, Donald Trump therefore accepted the compromise. But since then, his administration has not commented on the subject, undoubtedly too focused on managing the ultimately lost presidential campaign against Democratic candidate Joe Biden who will take office in January 2021.
Perhaps the next President of the United States will pursue a more supple policy towards TikTok. The future will tell. Meanwhile, US users continue to enjoy the app as normal.