TikTok, a popular video-sharing app, is creating a new way to suggest videos for its 170 million users in the United States. The goal is to make TikTok independent from its parent company, ByteDance, based in China. This change aims to ease concerns from American lawmakers who are thinking about banning TikTok. The process started before new laws in April demanded that TikTok sell its American operations. Sources, who wished to stay anonymous, shared that this change might lead to TikTok selling its U.S. assets eventually. However, TikTok clarified that it currently has no plans to sell and that selling would not be easy. Initially silent, TikTok later criticized reports as inaccurate. In a legal battle, TikTok argued that selling within the given timeframe is impractical. Engineering teams from both the U.S. and China are working hard to modify the recommendation algorithm. This challenging task highlights the difficulty in separating TikTok’s U.S. operations from ByteDance. Despite facing legal and technical obstacles, TikTok persists in ensuring autonomy for its U.S. operations, though this may result in performance differences.