President Donald Trump, back in 2020, called for the app to be banned by U.S. authorities, which forced ByteDance to sell its American operations over concerns that personal data would be shared with Beijing.
However, the executive order was halted by a federal judge before it was revoked by President Joe Biden in 2021.
President Biden Faces Bipartisan Pressure to Act on Security Concerns Over the App
It was reported by The New York Times in September that discussions were ongoing between ByteDance and the Biden administration to resolve concerns regarding its app.
“I told everyone years ago that TikTok was a tool of communist China, and yet Biden invites TikTok ‘influencers’ to the White House,” said Sen. Marco Rubio,(R-Fla.), who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
After intense criticism, Biden ordered the Department of Commerce to review the national security threat posed by apps like TikTok from adversarial foreign nations such as China.
However, massive use of TikTok by political campaigns for voter outreach during the U.S. midterm elections has put the controversy on the spot, reported The Washington Post.
There now is growing bipartisan opposition to the use of the Chinese app.