US Threatens To Ban TikTok if Not Sold

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The US government says TikTok should be sold or else face a possible ban in the country.

The video-sharing app is accused of posing a national security risk through data gathered from millions of users.

A request for a change in ownership, first reported in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), was confirmed to BBC News by TikTok.

The company said a forced sale would not change its data flows or access.

The White House has not yet responded to a BBC News request for comment.

For years American officials have raised concerns that data TikTok could fall into the hands of the Chinese government.

US President Joe Biden’s administration wants ByteDance to divest itself of TikTok to create a clear break from China.

Notably, ByteDance is the Chinese company that owns TikTok.

WSJ said the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), which oversees national security risks, unanimously recommended ByteDance divest from TikTok.

A spokesperson for TikTok said it did not dispute the WSJ’s reporting and confirmed it had been contacted by CFIUS.

However, the spokesperson said the reporting was overstated and it was not clear what “divestiture” meant in practice.

“If protecting national security is the objective, divestment doesn’t solve the problem: a change in ownership would not impose any new restrictions on data flows or access.” the spokesperson said.

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