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TikTok set to be blocked from US app stores this weekend

Published: 18/Sep/2020 13:05 Updated: 18/Sep/2020 13:28

by Matt Porter

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People in the United States will no longer be able to download popular social media app TikTok from Sunday, September 20, according to new reports that suggest this order will be issued by President Trump and the U.S. Commerce Department. 

The future of TikTok has been up in the air for a number of weeks, as Trump issued an executive order on August 6 that gave the Commerce Department 45 days to determine whether Chinese-based apps like TikTok and WeChat could pose a threat to the country’s national security.

Since then, TikTok’s owners ByteDance have been scrambling to find a buyer for its United States-based operations and had reportedly agreed a deal with Oracle Group to sell the portion after turning down a bid from Microsoft. While this is ongoing, if the deal is not concluded by Sunday, users in the U.S. will no longer be able to download the application from places like Apple’s iOS App Store, or Google’s Play Store.

TikTok logo on a cell phone.
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TikTok will no longer be offered on app stores from Sunday, according to reports.

According to reports from Reuters, TikTok will be removed from app stores on Sunday, September 20 should the deal fail to be finalized before that date, meaning users who would like to download the app after that date will be unable to. It will also mean that ByteDance will no longer provide updates for the app, leaving U.S. users behind the rest of the world in terms of functionality, and stuck with whatever bugs and issues are currently affecting it.

The app itself will not be blocked entirely, as anyone who has already downloaded it will still be able to access and use it, and this executive order doesn’t affect users in other countries, with the American government not pushing Apple or Google to stop offering TikTok outside of the

U.S.

On September 14, it was confirmed that TikTok had chosen Oracle to be their “trusted technology partner,” and had set the proposal to the U.S. Treasury last weekend. As it stands, the deal has not been fully finalized, but should it be completed before Sunday, TikTok could remain on app stores for the foreseeable future.

Oracle Corporation will soon be announced as TikTok's
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Oracle beat Microsoft to become ByteDance’s “trusted technical partners.”

Donald Trump could also choose to overrule the order seeing as the proposal has been sent to the Treasury or could push back the deadline to allow the deal to be completed, although that seems unlikely considering he previously stated there would be no extension to the 45-day period.

As things stand, TikTok looks set to depart from app stores across the United States on Sunday, unless they can seal a last-minute reprieve or complete the sale to Oracle before the deadline runs out on September 20.

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Team Singularity slam DashThreads and terminate partnership

Published: 23/Oct/2020 12:10 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 12:16

by Adam Fitch

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Team Singularity have prematurely ended their partnership with merchandise supplier DashThreads due to “unprofessionalism.”

The Danish organization posted an announcement to explain why they were “officially parting ways” with the apparel company.

The org alleges that they were not able to produce marketing material over the past four months because products had not been delivered by DashThreads, subsequently they were not able to “execute on marketing plans.”

They stated that this wasn’t a decision made in the spur of the moment, it comes after months of trying to rectify the problems and get things on track. However, the “unprofessionalism shown by DashThreads and its CEO and owner Devin Fry” was too much to handle going forward.

Team Singularity Insight
Team Singularity
Team Singularity recently sold their player Insight to Toronto Ultra.

Team Singularity are allegedly missing more than 300 units of clothing, that they had already paid for, which were supposed to go to their players, influencers, content creators, management, and fans.

The org stated that their legal team will be taking action against DashThreads as the partnership was “one-sided” and there are further instances of mistreatment that they won’t be making public knowledge.

“I’m very sad that my worst fears prior to entering this partnership earlier this year came true and I take full responsibility for a deal that should never been made in the first place,” said Singularity CEO Atle Stehouwer. “I will not beat myself up about giving people and startups a second chance, I am just sad that DashThreads and Devin Fry decided not to rise above previous accusations and prove that it was a legit startup. Actions speak louder than words.”

DashThreads predominantly work with amateur and semi-pro esports teams and describe themselves as a “premium esports and street apparel company.”

Dexerto has contacted DashThreads for comment on Team Singularity’s statement.