In a statement made to The Verge, “For a year, TikTok has actively engaged with CFIUS in good faith to address its national security concerns, even as we disagree with its assessment. In the nearly two months since the President gave his preliminary approval to our proposal to satisfy those concerns, we have offered detailed solutions to finalize that agreement – but have received no substantive feedback on our extensive data privacy and security framework.”
The company adds, “Today, with the November 12 CFIUS deadline imminent and without an extension in hand, we have no choice but to file a petition in court to defend our rights and those of our more than 1,500 employees in the US.” That being said, it seems unlikely that the government has forgotten about TikTok’s ban, but rather there could be other things at hand that they might be more concerned about, and that maybe TikTok’s ban is low on their priority.
Does this mean that TikTok is in the clear? Hardly, but if you are using TikTok in the US, you can go ahead and keep using it for now. In the meantime, some TikTok influencers have banded together to try and prevent the ban, claiming that to do so would negatively impact their businesses.