TikTok is on the verge of outliving President Trump. Now, the company could become a first test of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s stance towards Chinese tech companies.
Mr Trump last year demanded that TikTok’s Chinese owner ByteDance sell the viral video app. He said TikTok was raising urgent national security concerns, on the grounds that the Chinese government could gain access to user data. The dispute disrupted the app’s stratospheric rise.
ByteDance and the Trump administration are still talking, people familiar with the matter said. But it seems increasingly likely that the fate of the app will not be decided by Mr Trump, who announced his demands with great fanfare over the summer, backed away from a deal he approved a month later, then turned his attention elsewhere.
Instead, TikTok’s future will fall in the hands of Mr. Biden, who has said little about the company or the broader, bipartisan concerns about the growing influence of Chinese tech companies.
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