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Commerce Department extends deadline for a TikTok sale to the 27th

TikTok has an extra 15 days to get a deal done, but it's unclear what will happen if it doesn't.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
November 13, 2020
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CHINA - 2020/09/14: In this photo illustration a TikTok logo is seen displayed on a smartphone. (Photo Illustration by Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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For months, the Trump Administration has pushed for TikTok to either be sold or get shut down and locked out of doing business with US companies. However, despite the incomplete status of a proposed sale that would’ve made it a partner with Oracle, a deadline set by the Commerce Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has been extended by 15 days.

That means the company now has until November 27th to potentially get a deal done, barring any further injunctions or legal challenges. While a presidential order banning TikTok had been held up by a judge, the president’s August 14th executive order still required a sale.

Amid the ongoing pandemic and the aftermath of a presidential election called in favor of the challenger, TikTok petitioned the CFIUS earlier this week saying it was still interested in making the deal. However, it reportedly hadn’t had dialogue with the committee in weeks, and was unclear of the order’s status.

Now the CFIUS claims “The President’s August 14 Order requires ByteDance and TikTok Inc. to undertake specific divestments and other measures to address the national security risk arising from ByteDance’s acquisition of Musical.ly...This extension will provide the parties and the Committee additional time to resolve this case in a manner that complies with the Order.”

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