-The government of India banned TikTok, as well as other Chinese apps, indefinitely on July 29th. In the U.S., talks of a potential ban on the app began in July. On August 6th, President Trump signed an executive order giving Bytedance 45 days to sell the platform. On August 14th, Trump extended the deadline to 90 days. Potential buyers include a joint effort by Microsoft and Walmart, Oracle, and a handful of Bytedance investors.
-Microsoft announced on September 13th that their bid had been refused by Bytedance, and Oracle eventually agreed to become business partners with TikTok in the U.S. A deal submitted by Oracle to the U.S. Treasury Department would have Oracle host TikTok’s user data in the U.S. but have Bytedance continue to be majority shareholder. President Trump opposed the idea of leaving Bytedance the majority shareholder.
-On Friday, September 18th, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that they would be banning TikTok as well as WeChat from app stores on Sunday, September 20th. Unfortunately, many things are left unanswered as the state of TikTok hangs in limbo. As of now, the only news regarding the actual ban of TikTok has been it’s imminent removal from the app store. Potentially, the app can still be used if left not updated.