This story is part of Generation China, CNET’s series exploring the nation’s technological ambition. TikTok, an app known for quirky, short videos, is facing political heat because of its ties to China. US President Donald Trump has ramped up his campaign against the short-form video app. Last week, he said TikTok would be banned from the US, but on Monday he appeared to give the app a reprieve until next month. That gives Microsoft, which is seeking to purchase TikTok’s US operations, more time to secure a deal with ByteDance, the app’s Chinese parent company.”I set a date of around Sept. 15, at which point it’s going to be out of business in the United States,” the president told reporters. He added a new wrinkle by suggesting the US should receive a portion of the transaction price, though it’s unclear whether the government has the authority to request such a payment.The president’s comments follow a flurry of news late last week and over the weekend that raised the specter of an immediate ban of the popular app. The situation, which seemed to change almost as quickly as videos scroll on the app, started on Friday, when Trump was reported to be… Read full this story
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