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ByteDance Asks U.S. Court to Intervene in Forced TikTok Sale

  • TikTok petition seeks extension for more time to finalize deal
  • Chinese company submitted a new plan to separate U.S. business
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ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese owner of TikTok, asked the federal appeals court in Washington to intervene to prevent the U.S. government from requiring it to sell the popular video-sharing app or face a ban in America.

The Beijing-based company is seeking to block an order forcing it to sell by Thursday its most important international business, a viral video service with upwards of 100 million users in the U.S. The Trump administration issued an executive order banning TikTok in the U.S. on national security grounds, and demanded the Chinese company cede control of TikTok to American investors.