US government sets ‘Chinese condition’ for TikTok
According to the sources, the demand for the sale was made by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CIFUS), a federal task force composed of multiple agencies responsible for monitoring national security risks in cross-border investments.
The demand comes as a significant setback for the company, as it had been in discussions with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) for over two years to resolve its fate in the country. The social media app went on to have several negotiations, partnered with Oracle, and assured other steps aimed at securing the data of American users.
Tick Tock for TikTok in the US
Recently, the House and the Senate have passed bills that aim to simplify the process for government officials to prohibit services, such as TikTok, that are considered a risk to national security. The bill would allow the secretary of Commerce to prohibit foreign companies, including TikTok, from operating in the US if perceived as a threat to national security.
TikTok, from time to time, has asserted that its users’ data is not stored in China. The company has suggested a resolution with the US government that would isolate ByteDance from its US operations to alleviate their apprehensions. However, The Wall Street Journal reported back in December that talks between TikTok and the US government had hit a stalemate, leaving the fate of the agreement in question.
Next week, Shou Zi Chew, the CEO of TikTok, is slated to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He is likely to be inquired about TikTok’s connections to China, along with concerns that it distributes harmful content to minors.