The US government has asked the parent company of TikTok, the Chinese ByteDance, to sell its shares in the famous application, otherwise it will be banned in the United States, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published this Wednesday.
Pressure has been mounting for years in the United States against the very popular platform, perceived as a threat to national security by many elected officials because of its membership in a Chinese group.
The February downing of a supposed Chinese spy balloon sparked renewed efforts in Congress to ban the entertaining short video app, accused of giving Beijing access to user data around the world, something TikTok has always denied.
According to sources in the American daily, the White House ultimatum comes from CFIUS, a government agency responsible for assessing the risks of any foreign investment for American national security.
TikTok, which is making many efforts to reassure politicians and the public of its integrity, was counting on the federal agency to find a compromise.