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ByteDance firmly rejects TikTok sale amidst US regulatory pressure

ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, has unequivocally declared that it has no intention of selling the immensely popular video app despite mounting pressure from US regulatory mandates

By Ken Ibenne

In response to recent legislation compelling the sale of TikTok’s US operations or facing potential bans, ByteDance affirmed its stance through its official account on Toutiao, a social media platform under its umbrella.

“TikTok’s parent company ByteDance has firmly decided against selling TikTok,” the statement read, signalling the company’s determination to resist the regulatory pressures imposed by the US government.

This declaration follows reports from The Information, a leading tech news source, suggesting ByteDance’s exploration of options, including the sale of TikTok’s US operations and associated algorithms.

Dismissing these speculations as “false rumours,” ByteDance emphasized its commitment to retaining ownership and operational control over TikTok, as highlighted by a screenshot featured in its official statement.

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The recent legislative action signed into law by US President Joe Biden underscores the ongoing concerns surrounding data security and the Chinese government’s influence on private enterprises like ByteDance.

Despite these challenges, TikTok’s CEO, Shou Zi Chew, expressed confidence in the company’s legal defence against what they perceive as unconstitutional regulatory measures. In a video shared on the platform, Chew reassured users, stating, “The facts, and the Constitution, are on our side… rest assured, we aren’t going anywhere.”

ByteDance’s ownership structure reveals a diversified investor base, with Chinese creators holding a significant stake alongside institutional investors, including notable US firms like Susquehanna International Group, General Atlantic, and Carlyle Group.

As ByteDance stands firm against external pressures, the future trajectory of TikTok’s operations and its global user base remains a focal point amid ongoing regulatory scrutiny and geopolitical tensions.

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