Disputes over the conditions under which the TikTok service will be able to continue working in the United States erupted in late September, but all the fateful decisions on this issue were pushed back to November. With the onset of this month, the struggle for TikTok’s ability to continue working in the United States is escalating in the courts.
As noted by Reuters, the US Department of Commerce’s decision to suspend TikTok’s operations in the US, blocked by the court, will be defended by this department “in the most vigorous manner.” The order was supposed to come into force on November 12, but so far its effect has been blocked by a court decision. The Department of Commerce’s arguments about the threat to US national security in TikTok’s operations are based on hypothetical reasoning, not real facts, the judiciary said.
On Wednesday, a follow-up hearing will take place in the TikTok case, at which the Department of Commerce will be able to provide new arguments in favor of banning the operation of this service in the United States. Developed by the Chinese company ByteDance, the app is used by about one hundred million Americans, and this is the main cause for concern on the part of the American authorities. They believe that Chinese government structures can, if they wish, gain access to the personal data of Americans. The stage of the negotiation process on the transfer of TikTok assets in the United States to the Oracle and Walmart alliance is not specified. The parties to the deal have fundamental disagreements over the future ownership structure of TikTok Global, so the litigation so far allows them to buy time in anticipation of the outcome of the American elections.
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