Reuters: US postpones TikTok ban

09:06, 26 November 2020
Reuters: US postpones TikTok ban Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/Global Look Press

The Trump administration has granted ByteDance a new seven-day extension of an order directing the Chinese company to sell its TikTok short video-sharing app, Reuters reports.

The administration previously had granted ByteDance a 15-day extension of the order issued in August, set to expire on Nov. 27. President Donald Trump, on Aug. 14, had directed ByteDance to divest the app within 90 days.

The new deadline is Dec. 4, TikTok said in a court filing. Under pressure from the US government, ByteDance has been in talks for months to finalize a deal with Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to shift TikTok’s US assets into a new entity.

Separate restrictions on TikTok from the US Commerce Department have been blocked by federal courts, including transaction curbs that TikTok said could effectively ban the app’s use in the United States.

A Commerce Department ban on Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google offering TikTok for download for new US users set to take effect on Sept. 27 has also been blocked. earlier reported that a court in Washington temporarily blocked a White House order that prohibited downloading TikTok from app stores across the country.