TikTok Sale To Walmart & Oracle Shelved

Today is day 22 of the Biden Administration and in the midst of undoing everything that the previous administration did, news has filtered out that TikTok’s forced sale to Walmart and Oracle has been shelved indefinitely as the Biden administration takes on a broad review of national security risks posed by Chinese technology companies:

Former U.S. President Donald Trump had ordered the popular video app, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, be sold to an American company last year, citing national security concerns about users’ data falling into the hands of Chinese authorities. But multiple legal challenges held up a deal. The most recent ruling on Dec. 7 said Trump’s executive order likely overstepped his authority. Discussions have continued between ByteDance and U.S. security officials at the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., the Journal reported citing people familiar with the talks. One of the people said possible solutions include use of a trusted third party to manage TikTok’s data, which wouldn’t require an outright sale. But no decision on how to resolve the issues is imminent as the Biden administration undertakes its own assessment of the risks of Chinese technology companies and data collection.

I question if this really starts to put an end to this saga, or if this makes this one of those never ending sagas. I guess at this point it is too early to tell. We will have to wait and see.

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