Commerce department officials said the ban on new U.S. downloads of TikTok could be still repealed by President Donald Trump before it produces effect late Sunday as TikTok owner ByteDance keeps putting and effort to secure an arrangement over its operation in the US
The full order was published by the Department of Commerce on Friday morning. “Any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd,” the order reads, “shall be prohibited to the extent permitted under applicable law.” It is set to take effect on September 20th.
ByteDance has been discussing with Oracle Corp and others to make another organization, TikTok Global, that plans to address U.S. worries about the security of its users’ information. ByteDance needs Trump’s approval to fight off a U.S. ban.
“At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement Friday.
Commerce authorities said they won’t bar extra technical changes for TikTok until Nov. 12, which gives the organization extra time to check whether ByteDance can have a successful deal for its U.S. operations.
TikTok has denied allegations that it is constrained by or shares information with it, and says all US users’ information is put away in the US, with a secure backup in Singapore.
“We are committed to protecting our users’ privacy and safety as we continue working to bring joy to families and meaningful careers to those who create on our platform,” a TikTok spokesperson said.
It has likewise told users and controllers it would be “transparent” and let them see what information it is gathering and how it is collected.