ByteDance Says They’re Not Going to Sell TikTok

Washington has gotten themselves into a stupid situation by forcing through this bill to ban TikTok unless it is sold to a non-Chinese company.

This is going to make people very angry, and it is going to make the US look retarded when it goes around accusing other countries of not having enough freedom. TikTok is the most popular app.


TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance says it has no intention of selling the business after the US passed a law to force it to sell the hugely popular video app or be banned in America.

“ByteDance doesn’t have any plans to sell TikTok,” the company posted on its official account on Toutiao, a social media platform it owns.

TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the BBC.

Earlier this week, TikTok said it would challenge in court the “unconstitutional” law.

The statement from ByteDance came in response to an article by the technology industry website The Information that said it was exploring the potential sale of TikTok’s operation in the US without the algorithm that powers it.

“Foreign media reports of ByteDance selling TikTok are not true,” the company said in the post, which included a screen shot of the article with the Chinese characters meaning “false rumour” stamped on it.

The sell-or-ban measure was signed into law by US President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

I knew that the Chinese would at least play chicken with Washington on this. Politically, it would be better to just let them ban it, as this is going to cause outrage and distrust of the US government. Of course, TikTok is not run by the Chinese government, and ByteDance is a private company which would presumably make more money by selling than allowing it to be banned.

If I had to guess, I would think the US will back down on this. It’s just too nutty, to claim to be this freedom country that has a right to invade other countries and force freedom on them, while you’re banning the most popular social media app.

But the US is becoming increasingly brutal in its lawlessness. The shutdowns of these pro-Palestine protests by paramilitary cops are a totally extreme disregard of basic American law. Washington appears to be crossing a threshold and losing all interest in pretending that this is a free country.