TikTok: US ban postponed

The United States has decided to postpone the application of Donald Trump’s decree that would have banned TikTok in the country. That decree, signed in August, should have been applied this week. The US Department of Commerce exonerated the social network.

The decree obliges ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, to sell the US activities of the platform within 90 days in the name of “US national security”. The 90-day period goes back to August. Donald Trump has accused the application for months of withdrawing data from American users in favor of China.

After negotiating with several companies, TikTok offered to set up a new company with Oracle. The group is expected to be a technology partner in the US. The other group is Walmart as a business partner. The project seemed to suit the US government, but the platform is still waiting for the green light.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Department of Commerce gives assurances that the ban will not go into effect “until further legal developments” are taken.

But TikTok is not out of the woods yet. Another decree by Donald Trump threatens the social network. In late October, a Trump administration judge ordered not to prevent other companies from providing essential services for the platform, such as online hosting.