President Trump orders ByteDance to divest interest in U.S. TikTok operations within 90 days

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered China-based ByteDance to divest the U.S. operations of its video-sharing app TikTok within 90 days, the latest effort to ramp up pressure on the company over U.S. national security concerns. “There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance… might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” Trump said in the order.

TikTik logoDavid Shepardson and Eric Beech for Reuters:

Trump’s latest move comes on top of an executive order he issued last week that would prohibit certain transactions with TikTok unless ByteDance divests it within 45 days. ByteDance is already in talks to sell the North America, Australia and New Zealand operations of TikTok to Microsoft.

The new order adds to pressure for ByteDance to divest TikTok, and legally buttresses the U.S. government’s crackdown on the Chinese-owned social media app. It authorizes U.S. officials to inspect TikTok and ByteDance’s books and information systems to ensure the safety of personal data while the sale talks are ongoing.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday the order also requires ByteDance to divest “any data obtained or derived from TikTok or users in the United States.” He said CFIUS “conducted an exhaustive review of the case and unanimously recommended this action to the president in order to protect U.S. users from exploitation of their personal data.”

Asked on Friday if he was concerned that the sweeping ban on WeChat could prevent Apple Inc from selling iPhones in China, Trump did not express worry. “I do what’s good in terms of the security of our country,” he told reporters.

MacDailyNews Take: So, barring any sale of TikTok to approved U.S.-based buyers, Trump’s deadline of 90 days starting August 14th is Thursday, November 12, 2020.

(UPDATE: 4:25pm EDT: Fixed end date. Thanks, Arty G.)


  1. Thank God we have a real U.S. President, for a change.

    One Democrat who spoke to Obama recalled the former president warning, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to fuck things up.” Speaking of his own waning understanding of today’s Democratic electorate, especially in Iowa, Obama told one 2020 candidate: “And you know who really doesn’t have it? Joe Biden.”

    ‘The President Was Not Encouraging’: What Obama Really Thought About Biden – Politico, August 14, 2020

    1. @First Then. (date removed because he knows he is going to lose)
      You are a fool if you think he gives a damn about you or the USA.
      The ONLY reason he is going after China is because he is desperate to find a scapegoat for his failures. And because China gave him the cold shoulder when he asked them for dirt against Biden. (they also know who is going to win) Trump is attacking them out of spite, not because he has a clue on how to conduct foreign policy or out of a sense of patriotism. Traders like Trump don’t know what patriotism feels like.

      The world is not laughing at us, they pity us. (except Russia and North Korea, they are still laughing at us)

      1. I can’t really blame the weak-minded such as yourself who cannot think for themselves. You and your weak-minded ilk are led by the nose by a broken and corrupted mainstream media:

        From June 1 through July 31, the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts focused 512 minutes of airtime on the President, or nine times more than the 58 minutes allotted to Biden.

        The extra airtime devoted to Trump consisted almost entirely of anchors and reporters criticizing the President. During these two months, our analysts documented 668 evaluative statements about the President, 95 percent of which (634) were negative, vs. a mere five percent (34) that were positive. Using the same methodology (fully described at the end of this article), we found very few evaluative statements about Joe Biden — just a dozen, two-thirds of which (67%) were positive.

        Do the math, and viewers heard 150 TIMES more negative comments about Trump than Biden. That’s not news reporting — that’s a negative advertising campaign in action.

        If you consider the evening newscasts a reliable gauge of the liberal media at large (cable news, big newspapers, etc.), it means Biden has enjoyed an army of so-called journalists conducting a massive negative information campaign against his opponent, while he is sheltered from any scrutiny. Controversies from the spring, such as allegations from former staffer Tara Reade that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, completely disappeared from his evening news coverage in June and July.

        Biden’s various policy proposals — which by his own admission would take his administration farther to the Left than the very liberal Obama administration — received a meager 5 minutes, 22 seconds of airtime, not one second of which included any critical analysis from any journalist.

        There were no labels of Biden as “progressive,” “left-wing,” or even “liberal” on any of these newscasts, either; reporters also neglected to tell viewers how much the Democrat would raise taxes if he were elected (spoiler: more than $4 trillion).

        If the networks weren’t scrutinizing Biden’s policies or his character, what accounted for his 58 minutes of airtime? Conveniently for the candidate, a plurality of it (23.5 minutes, or 40%) consisted of showcasing his near-daily criticisms of Trump. Conversely, only 88 seconds of Trump’s 512 minutes of airtime consisted of relaying his criticisms of Biden (a minuscule 0.25%).

        Another 14 percent of Biden’s coverage (roughly eight minutes) consisted of reporters assessing where Biden stood in the race vs. Trump. These so-called “horse race” judgments — assessments of each candidates standing or prospects in the campaign — are not included in our good press/bad press score, but those comments showed a wide tilt as well: We tallied 51 such statements about the Biden campaign, 96% of which (49) were positive; for Trump, 75 of 80 horse race judgments were negative (94%).

        Media Research Center, August 17, 2020

        Yet, after all that, Biden-Kamala is today just within the margin of error of a CNN poll, no less. SAD!


        1. The Columbia Journalism Review has described the Media Research Center as “propaganda clothed as critique.” It is largely funded by the Mercer family. It also receives some funding for its coverage of climate change (rejecting the scientific consensus) from ExxonMobil. Their judgments of bias are entirely subjective and are issued from a stance that sees the mainstream in American culture and politics as ultra liberal. Some indication of this is the assertion you reprinted that it somehow indicates bias for the media to devote more attention to a sitting President of the United States than to somebody who won’t officially be even his party’s nominee until later this week.

          1. “Columbia Journalism Review” is a liberal ultra biased institution advocating and defending the likewise 95%+ of the mainstream liberal media.

            That all you got?…🤣

    2. I wouldn’t respond to First Then. It is obvious this is a Russian troll who only shows up on Mac Daily News post that are political or mention Trump. They never respond on technology posts and this is a technology blog. Don’t waste your time responding to First Then.

        1. I wouldn’t respond to george. It is obvious this is a Russian troll who only shows up on Mac Daily News post that are political or mention Trump. Don’t waste your time responding to george.

  2. Mussolini would also have acted unilaterally. Kim Jong Il approves at this show of presidential strength. And both would likely load up on Apple’s superior products and services.

        1. I took it as an admission that by unilaterally expropriating the assets of a foreign company’s domestic operations, Trump is behaving like Castro, and is a threat to global stability. I’ll add that doing this without the support of Congress is a poke in our system of government’s beleaguered eye.

    1. America is not divided by race color, gender or sexual orientation.
      America is divided by wise people and idiots.

      And idiots divide themselves by race color, gender and sexual orientation. Democrats are millions of times more racist than Republicans.

      Who owned slaves? Southern Democrats.
      Who fought to end slavery? Republicans.
      Who freed the slaves? A Republican.

      Who created gun control to keep blacks from owning guns? Democrats.

      Democrats created and fuel Antifa. ANTIFA Profile:

      Violent, unstable personal background
      Clear pattern of sociopathic activity
      Hard left (Communist) political ethos
      Unkempt physical appearance, featuring filthy black clothing, skin piercings, tattoos, foul odor.
      Perpetually non-productive, non-contributing. They don’t work. They parasitically subsist on government “welfare” and thievery.
      Extensive arrest/incarceration record. Hordes of these ANTIFA clones, manufactured by our leftist public “education/indoctrination” system, are “in-action” in all major US metro areas, Western Europe, and the UK. They’re bussed-around by sleazy, leftist politicians who use them to terrorize political opponents.

      They enthusiastically share a vile hatred of “everything West,” and a nihilistic goal of destroying all trappings of Western Civilization, history religion, economy, infrastructure.

      Being absolutely amoral (like the leftist politicians who support them), they are extremely dangerous and have no compunction about committing vandalism, theft, mayhem, murder!

      This is just one of hundreds of ways that Democrats are destroying this country. Nothing is beneath those pieces of shit. Only an idiot would vote for democrats.

      Pelosi, AOC, Omar, Waters, Schumer, Wilson and soooo many others.
      These people are vile, despicable and pathetic will do anything and everything to destroy this country and try to blame Trump for it in order to win elections.

      Collusion was a lie and Democrats knew it.
      Impeachment was a farce and Democrats knew it.
      Testimony against Kavanaugh was all lies and Democrats knew it
      Nothing is beneath those pieces of shit. Only an idiot would vote for democrats.

      EVERY voting anomaly favors Democrats. Coincidence? They lie, cheat and steal. They are frauds. Nothing is beneath those pieces of shit. Only an idiot would vote for democrats.

      Every major city is a cesspool and they are all run by Democrats. Democrats are letting their cities burn and business are allowed to be destroyed. There are no arrests and criminals are being let out of prison, they then persecute cops and prosecute honest Americans trying to protect their families. The openly support violent criminals and hate honest Americans. They are despicable pieces of shit. Only an idiot would vote for democrats.

      Democrats did everything they could to slow and stop aid to Americans during Covid. They continue to do so to destroy the economy so they can blame Trump to try to stop his unstoppable re-election. They don’t care how many Americans they hurt to do it. They are despicable pieces of shit. Only an idiot would vote for democrats.

      Democrats support illegal immigrants because thinking Americans don’t vote Democrat anymore. They steal money from the mouths of Americans to give to illegals.
      After 3.5 years and 40 contenders, Democrats picked a corrupt, racist, dementia patient????? Biden can’t form a single coherent sentence. Only an idiot would vote for him.

      Dems lie when they call Trump a racist, but they support Dementia Joe, who is a proven racist. Here’s just one proof, there are many more:

      How stupid can you people be?

      American are disgusted by the left’s lies, stupidity, threats and violence. Democrats are despicable pieces of shit. Only an idiot would vote for them.

        1. Did I hurt the libturd’s widdle feelings? Lololol

          Insults from a libturd mean less than a pile of shit but thanks for nominating a corrupt, racist dementia patient to ensure a Trump win

            1. @Hal
              You’re such a twisted idiot that I’m. It going to waste my time fact checking you.

              Everything you wrote is either ancient history and no longer valid or a flat out lie. In fact the only truthful thing in your screed is the alphabet.

              So feel free to eff yourself.

      1. You really think Lincoln would associate himself with todays Republican Party?!?!?
        You know, the party of the white supremacist and the Deep South Confederates. Dixiecrats changed their name to Republicans decades ago. Trump just allowed them to come out of the closet.
        Do you even know your history? No? Then you are in the right party.

        The fact that you would even try to aline yourself with Lincoln shows that you know just how wrong your beliefs are.
        It’s time you come out of the closet, you will feel much better.

        1. I AGREE! I think Lincoln would be disgusted with today’s Republicans for not being able to get rid of the Democrat parasites that have infected this country

      2. Hal, Bravo! 👏🏻👍🏻👊🏻

        Your best post ever and highly accurate on a multitude of issues.

        The leftists as usual are in knee jerk DENIAL and yes, truly dishonest and despicable.

        Keep America great, Donald… 🇺🇸

  3. Stay focused its about the CCP.

    The USA has Bipartisan support. If anything Trump is dragging his feet. Trump would have acted long ago but he is worried about hurting the economy.

    watch if you dare –

    and international

    “TikTok fined for mishandling child data in South Korea”

    India bans 59 Chinese apps

    So keep your head in the sand and use your hate for Trump to justify your defense for the CCP.

    1. It may be about the Chinese Communist Party, but it is not just about the CCP. It is also about expropriating the assets of a corporation doing business in the US and forcing US companies doing business in China to work with at least one hand tied behind their backs. These companies may constitute a security risk, but this isn’t a narrowly focused approach to mitigate the risk. It is the economic equivalent of using a hand grenade rather than a wrench to loosen a sticking bolt.

  4. Ordering companies around is socialism. You uneducated, mouth-breathing trumptards would be hopping map if Biden did this. Duh… Oh, and BTW Biden 2020 – Trump in prison 2021

      1. George misspoke. Con Don is a delusional idiot that should be institutionalized.

        Notice how Condescending George thinks he knows what’s best for everyone else but he cannot offer any actual assistance or solutions? That is the way this administration and its trolls roll.

    1. cheeto would have to move on to his diversionary self created crisis.

      ever notice how he measures significantly worse versus anything said about his opponents? incompetent con man.

  5. I don’t know about the other things, but I really do support Trump for banning TikTok.. It’s high time we took any steps against this shitty app that’s engulfing our children’s playing and productive hours.

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