ByteDance denies media report of plan to sell TikTok

By Thomson Reuters Apr 25, 2024 | 10:14 AM

BEIJING (Reuters) – ByteDance has no plan to sell TikTok, the company’s official account said in a statement posted on Toutiao, a media platform owned by the China-based firm.

The Information earlier reported that ByteDance is exploring scenarios for selling TikTok’s U.S. business without the algorithm that recommends videos to TikTok users.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed into law a bill that bans TikTok in the country if its owner, ByteDance, fails to divest the popular short video app over the next nine months to a year.

(Reporting by Ethan Wang, Ella Cao and Ryan Woo)