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TikTok Isn’t “Out of the Woods” With Biden’s Executive Order, But Creators Are Prepared This Time

TikTok Isn’t “Out of the Woods” With Biden’s Executive Order, But Creators Are Prepared This Time

6/14/2021 8:26:00 PM

TikTok Isn’t “Out of the Woods” With Biden’s Executive Order, But Creators Are Prepared This Time

Last August, when then–President Donald Trump issued a wide-ranging executive order that sought to ban TikTok from the U.S., creators across the country went into full-on panic mode. TikTokers who …

“It’s kind of been out of sight, out of mind, the idea that TikTok would get banned,” said Maxwell Mitcheson, the vice president and head of talent at TalentX, a management firm that works with several of TikTok’s top creators. “As long as ByteDance and TikTok have been operating and continue to operate in an aboveboard manner … they’ll be fine.”

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Representatives for TikTok did not respond to requests for comment on how President Biden’s executive order would impact the company.Even with Trump’s executive order targeting TikTok gone, the massively popular social media platform isn’t completely “out of the woods” yet, according to Robert Chesney, a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin who specializes in cybersecurity. TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is still engaged in a legal battle with the U.S. government over the divestiture of TikTok’s U.S. assets — a years-long saga that first began in 2019, when the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies for possible national security risks, began investigating ByteDance over its 2017 acquisition of Musical.ly, the precursor to what is now TikTok.

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