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TikTok developing a US version of the app's core algorithm, sources indicate

TikTok developing US version of core algorithm
The Silicon Review
31 May, 2024

TikTok is creating a duplicate of its recommendation algorithm for its 170 million American users.

This could result in a version that is independent of its Chinese parent and is more acceptable to US lawmakers wanting to ban the app.

A bill to force TikTok to sell its American operations gained support in Congress this year. This came after ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of the app, started working on dividing the source code late last year. April saw the bill's enactment.

The individuals added that if the code is divided, it might pave the way for a spinoff of the U.S. assets, though there are currently no plans to do so. They spoke anonymously because they are not permitted to speak publicly about the short-form video sharing app.

The business has previously stated that it had no intention of selling its U.S. holdings and that doing so would be impractical.

At first, TikTok wouldn't comment. After the article was released, TikTok posted on X saying that the Reuters story is misleading and factually inaccurate, without providing further details.

TikTok cannot fulfill the requirements of the Act for it to be able to keep operating in the United States. It is not feasible from a legal, technical, or financial perspective. TikTok also shared a section from its federal lawsuit. And most definitely not in the 270 days that the Act stipulates.

In May, TikTok and its Chinese parent firm ByteDance filed a lawsuit in a U.S. federal court, attempting to overturn the rule that mandated the app's sale or prohibition by January 19. Tuesday saw the establishment of a fast-track timeline by a U.S. appeals court to review the legal challenges to the new law.