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  • Writer's pictureSamiksha Jain

Sell TikTok or Leave, U.S. Tells Owners

latest Tik tok news of ban

What's Happening with TikTok?

  • TikTok's Ownership Issue: The U.S. government is concerned about TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company. They're worried about national security and how the app handles user data. Because of these concerns, there's a push to either sell TikTok to a U.S. company or ban it in the U.S.

  • Recent Vote: The House of Representatives, controlled by the Republican Party, voted to make ByteDance sell TikTok within about six months. If this doesn't happen, TikTok could be banned in the U.S.

  • White House Stance: President Joe Biden and his administration are supporting this move. If the Senate agrees and passes the bill, the President has said he will sign it, making it official.

  • Impact on Advertising: TikTok is a big deal for advertisers, especially those wanting to reach younger audiences. With all this uncertainty, advertisers are starting to think about what to do if TikTok is sold or banned. They're considering other places to put their ads, like Meta's Reels and YouTube's Shorts, which are similar to TikTok.

Advertisers' Reaction

  • Wait and See: Even though there's a lot of talk about TikTok's future, many advertisers are continuing as normal for now. They've seen TikTok face challenges before but survive. So, they're not rushing to change their plans.

  • Flexibility in Advertising: Advertisers plan their budgets way ahead of time but they're also ready to move quickly. If something big happens, like a ban, they can quickly change where they advertise.

The Importance of TikTok: TikTok is a key place for brands to get noticed. It helps set trends in music, fashion, and more. The app is expected to make a lot of money from ads in the U.S. this year.

What Could Happen?

  • Possible Outcomes: The future isn't clear. An outright ban is seen as unlikely by some because TikTok is so big and popular. A sale of TikTok to a U.S. company is considered more likely.

  • Timing Matters: If any changes happen during the holiday season, it could be tricky for companies that make a lot of their money then.

  • No Perfect Replacement: Even if advertisers move their money to Reels or Shorts, those platforms might not be as effective as TikTok. Not all TikTok users might move over to these platforms.


There's a lot of discussion about the future of TikTok in the U.S. because of concerns about its Chinese ownership. While the government is taking steps that could lead to a sale or ban, advertisers are cautiously waiting to see what happens before making big changes. TikTok is a crucial platform for reaching young audiences and setting trends, so its potential loss is significant for advertisers. However, they are prepared to adapt quickly if needed.

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