A federal judge has demanded that the US Department of Commerce either defer the ban on TikTok downloads by American users, which is due to take effect on Monday, or counterclaim ByteDance’s claim, which demanded that the ban be lifted in light of the pending deal. The hearing is scheduled for Sunday morning.
Notably, private TikTok users in the United States are also trying to resist the app download ban, which could take effect next week. As noted by Reuters, the Pennsylvania court last week received a statement from a group of digital content creators demanding to lift the ban on the distribution of TikTok in the United States, as bloggers fear losing tens of thousands of subscribers every month.
The preconditions for the deal between ByteDance and American investors are still being interpreted differently by the parties, and this fact alone makes it difficult to predict future scenarios. Oracle should receive 12.5% of the newly created company TikTok Global, it will also place the data of American users on its servers and will have the right to analyze the program code. ByteDance intends to retain control over the key recommendation algorithm. Walmart will receive 7.5% of the shares, with the remaining 80% going to China’s ByteDance, which has developed the popular app. The US authorities insist on excluding the possibility of ByteDance to influence the activities of TikTok Global, the Chinese are trying to defend their interests.
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