Yesterday was the deadline for TikTok to sell to an American company or shut down entirely in the US… and neither of those things has happened.
In fact, it turns out that TikTok has been in limbo for weeks, as the White House appeared to lose interest
in the app it had previously claimed was an urgent national security threat.
Now the situation has become even more confusing. Yesterday: The Department of Commerce said it would comply with recent rulings from lawsuits that ordered the government to keep TikTok open; the Justice Department said it would appeal one such ruling, and the US Court of Appeals set December deadlines for ByteDance to file documents in a case relating to Trump’s order for them to sell TikTok to a US entity. You’re probably just as confused as I am.
It’s hard to see how any of this will get sorted before Joe Biden enters the White House in late January. What happens then is anyone’s guess, but Fox Business reported
this week that the Biden administration would likely give the proposed deal with Oracle and Walmart a fresh look.