TikTok was saved from the final ban by former US President Donald Trump thanks to the election of Joe Biden, but now the matter appears to be pending as, with the passage of the deadline for the sale dating back to the beginning of December, the new POTUS has no intention of ending it immediately.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, in fact, the famous agreement between the Chinese of ByteDance – the owners of the social network – and the American companies Oracle and Walmart would have been blocked “indefinitely”. Indeed, Biden currently has prioritized domestic and international social issues of a decidedly different caliber, while his administration is examining actual security risks from Dragon tech companies.
Meanwhile, TikTok would be holding a dialogue with the Committee for Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) to solve the problems, also putting on the negotiating table an interesting alternative to selling, that is sending data to a “trusted” third party; presumably preferred option in the eyes of the Chinese government as national laws prevent ByteDance from selling TikTok’s algorithms (and any of its other platforms) to other countries.
It is therefore not known the time required for the Biden administration to take a decision on the issue: the formal response should arrive by 18 February as TikTok some time ago started a lawsuit on which the US government has not yet expressed a final opinion, a firm and defined position.
Even in Italy, the social network has been the protagonist of some controversial facts, not related to computer security but to the health of children: the case of crime in Palermo has in fact led the Privacy Guarantor and Telefono Azzurro to release an advertising spot for raise awareness of young and old on issues of privacy and online security.