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TikTok , known for quirky short videos of people dancing and lip syncing, has been caught in the crosshairs of a geopolitical clash between the US and China.
The US Department of Commerce had threatened to bar new downloads of TikTok last week, but the potential ban was pushed back after President Donald Trump approved a deal “in concept” over the weekend between TikTok, Oracle and Walmart . The parties now have late Sunday to finalize an agreement that satisfies the US.
TikTok, popular among teens, lets you add music and effects to short videos.
“If they get it done, that’s great,” Trump told reporters. “If they don’t, that’s okay, too.”
Chinese tech company ByteDance owns TikTok, sparking concerns the video app could be used by the Chinese government to spy on federal employees and other people in the US. TikTok says it would never turn over US user data to the Chinese government even if it were asked to do so. Roughly 100 million people use TikTok in the US.