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Trump won't extend deadline for TikTok sale

Donald Trump is not willing to extend the period in which TikTok needs to be sold to a US firm to avoid being banned.

The US President has insisted that if by September 15 the video platform has not found itself a new American buyer, it will be shut down across the nation.

He told reporters this week: "We'll see what happens. It'll either be closed up or they'll sell it. So we'll either close up TikTok in this country for security reasons, or it'll be sold.

"I'm not extending deadlines, no. It's September 15th. There'll be no extension of the TikTok deadline."

Trump has made no secret of the fact he thinks TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance, poses a national security threat, which the company has profusely denied to be the case.

TikTok is currently in the process of suing Trump's Administration, and was dealt another blow when Kevin Mayer quit the app amid their battle to remain in the US.

The former Disney executive stepped down from the job just six months after joining the video sharing platform.

A TikTok spokesperson confirmed: "We appreciate that the political dynamics of the last few months have significantly changed what the scope of Kevin's role would be going forward, and fully respect his decision.

"We thank him for his time at the company and wish him well."

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