TikTok continues to operate in the United States, but is still under an embargo officially enacted, but not enforced. The file returns to the front of the stage with the assumption of office of Joe Biden at the head of the country, but it will still drag on.
Before giving way to Joe Biden as President of the United States, Donald Trump had decided to ban the TikTok application from American soil as long as the platform’s activities were managed by the Chinese giant ByteDance. The former head of state pointed to an abusive collection of user data that could be detrimental to their security.
The ex-president then wanted to force ByteDance’s hand to sell TikTok’s activities in the United States to an American group. The duo of the giants Oracle and Walmart was then well positioned on this issue, but things dragged on before being relegated to the background by the electoral campaign. Since then, TikTok has been kind of on borrowed time, officially blacklisted, but continuing to conduct its activities without real obstacles.
Redemption on pause and file under review
The subject is coming back to the surface, however, now that Joe Biden has taken control. Be careful, however, the situation should not change very quickly. TikTok’s resale to Oracle and Walmart is on hold. The new administration in Washington intends to take the time to examine all the measures taken during the Trump era relating to the security supposedly threatened by Chinese firms.
No decision should be made in the short term. Joe Biden and his teams wish “develop a comprehensive approach to securing US data that takes into account all of the threats we face“, Explains the spokesperson for the National Security Council, Emily Horne. “This includes the risk posed by Chinese apps and other software that works in the United States.», She specifies.
Joe Biden and China
Contrary to what some might believe, Joe Biden does not intend to improve relations between the United States and China, which were greatly strained during Donald Trump’s tenure – he also recently criticized his counterpart Xi Jinping. However, the new president seems to favor a more subtle approach to these issues when his predecessor favored shock measures.
In the meantime, TikTok finds itself in a rather uncomfortable middle ground.