TikTok Gains Extension of Divestiture Deadline

WASHINGTON—Federal officials have granted TikTok and its Chinese parent ByteDance Ltd. a 15-day extension of a deadline for completing a divestiture deal, in another delay of the Trump administration’s efforts to turn the social-media app into an American company.
The deadline extension to Nov. 27 was granted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., a U.S. panel that monitors cross-border mergers and acquisitions, according to a filing by TikTok in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday
TikTok declined to comment. The video-sharing app has challenged the legality of a Trump administration order requiring its shutdown if it isn’t sold.
The U.S. has argued that it is trying to prevent data on American TikTok users from being shared with China’s authoritarian government, which TikTok says it would never allow.
The Trump administration’s efforts to force a sale or shutdown of the app has been increasingly bogged down in legal challenges by TikTok and its allies in recent days. The original deadline was Thursday, but it is likely that the legal debate will stretch on for weeks.
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