The US postpones TikTok app ban

The US government postponed for a week the ban on the mobile app TikTok, which would have led to its withdrawal from US app stores on September 20.

“In light of recent positive developments, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, at the direction of the President [Donald] Trump, will postpone the ban on identified transactions under Executive order 13942 related to the TikTok mobile app, which was supposed to take effect on Sunday, September 20,” the US Department of Commerce said.

The statement notes that the introduction of the ban is postponed until 23: 59 on September 27.

President Trump said on Saturday that he approved an agreement between the Chinese company that owns TikTok and two major American companies that would delay the threat of blocking the popular app in the United States for national security reasons.

The agreement provides for creating a new, US-based company TikTok Global, in which US companies Oracle and Walmart will own 20 percent. While creating such a structure does not mean a complete sale of Tiktok, it is a concession from the app’s owner, the Chinese company ByteDance, which seems to have removed the administration’s concerns about China’s ability to collect app user data.

Speaking on a Sunday program on Fox News, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the President conditionally approved the agreement and that if it is finally approved, it “will guarantee that no one in China will have access to American data.”

“We will do everything to ensure that this barrier is real, that this protection is serious, that data is stored in places that are not connected to the Chinese information system,” Pompeo said.