It seems like the Trump administration forgot about that whole TikTok ban thing
This isn’t surprising.
Remember when Donald Trump waged war on TikTok? It seems like a lifetime ago, but it’s only been a couple of months. A bunch of things happened, but eventually, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) gave a deadline of November 12 for TikTok, and parent company ByteDance, to divest resources and create a new company that would control the social platform.
Now, it seems that with the current election things that are going on, the Trump administration has kind of, uhh, forgotten about the TikTok ban? This information comes from The Verge, who reports that TikTok applied for a 30-day extension but has yet to hear back from CFIUS, or really anybody.
So, what happens if the November 12 deadline passes? Well, no one really knows at this time. In a statement to The Verge, TikTok notes, “In the nearly two months since the President gave his preliminary approval to our proposal to satisfy those concerns, we have offered detailed solutions to finalize that agreement – but have received no substantive feedback on our extensive data privacy and security framework.”
TikTok goes on to say:
Facing continual new requests and no clarity on whether our proposed solutions would be accepted, we requested the 30-day extension that is expressly permitted in the August 14 order. Today, with the November 12 CFIUS deadline imminent and without an extension in hand, we have no choice but to file a petition in court to defend our rights and those of our more than 1,500 employees in the US. We remain committed to working with the Administration — as we have all along — to resolve the issues it has raised, but our legal challenge today is a protection to ensure these discussions can take place.
Here’s the thing, if the Trump administration was really looking to ban the app for “national security concerns” and not for all the people that trolled his Tulsa rally, then why, now, is it not a priority all of a sudden? The answer is quite simple – it was never about national security and all about personal ego.
Trump calling TikTok an immediate security threat, forcing it to sell, then forgetting about the whole thing because he’s contesting an election is a plot line that we’ll all look back on in a few years and realize as severely underrated.
— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) November 13, 2020
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