TikTok users are worried about the future of the video sharing app after President Donald Trump revealed that he wanted to shut it down. The United States Department of Commerce released a statement on Friday, September 18 saying that it would ban Americans from downloading TikTok starting Sunday, September 20. The statement is a response to the executive order issued on August 6, which gave the app’s parent company, ByteDance, 45 days to sell the the app in the U.S.
“The only real change as of Sunday night will be users won’t have access to improved updated apps, upgraded apps or maintenance,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said during an interview with Fox Business Network on September 18. “The basic TikTok will stay intact until November 12. If there’s not a deal by November 12 under the provisions of the old order, then TikTok would also be, for all practical purposes, shut down.”
This news comes days after Oracle confirmed, in a statement to CNBC issued on September 14, that they struck a deal with TikTok’s parent company to buy the app, but it still needs U.S. government approval.
“Oracle confirms Secretary [Steven T.] Mnuchin’s statement that it is part of the proposal submitted by ByteDance to the Treasury Department over the weekend in which Oracle will serve as the trusted technology provider,” the statement read.
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