TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in entrance of a displayed ByteDance emblem on this illustration taken November 27, 2019.
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ByteDance has been given one other week to dump TikTok’s U.S. enterprise and keep away from a ban, in keeping with reviews.
The Committee on International Funding (CFIUS) has informed ByteDance, the Chinese language mother or father of TikTok, it now has till Dec. four to safe a deal. The extension comes after the unique deadline of Nov. 12 was pushed back to Nov. 27.
A spokesperson for the Treasury informed the Monetary Occasions and the BBC that CFIUS had granted the extension “to permit time to evaluate a revised submission” that it has not too long ago obtained.
President Donald Trump informed ByteDance on Aug. 14 that it should discover a appropriate purchaser for TikTok’s U.S. enterprise in 90 days or face being blocked within the nation. Trump signed a CFIUS directive on the time, saying the quick video app offered a nationwide safety danger. TikTok has repeatedly denied it poses any such danger.
The directive states ByteDance should “divest any tangible or intangible belongings or property, wherever situated, used to allow or help ByteDance’s operation of the TikTok utility in the US.”
Walmart and Oracle have been discussing a possible deal for months however nothing has materialized. Different firms, together with Microsoft, have been additionally within the working at numerous factors.
Earlier this month, CNBC reported that TikTok hasn’t had significant dialogue with CFIUS for weeks. On the time, executives at TikTok have been nonetheless concerned with finishing a expertise partnership with Oracle to fulfill nationwide safety considerations — even when President-elect Joe Biden is not as involved with TikTok’s danger profile below Chinese language possession.
The U.S. Treasury and TikTok didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.