As more news surfaces about TikTok‘s connection with the Communist Party of China, Donald Trump and others in the American government have voiced concern over whether or not the app should be available for U.S. citizens. In a recent update, the forces that be are attempting to work out a mutually agreeable deal.
On Sunday (8.02), Microsoft confirmed that it is in talks to buy the popular short video app from ByteDance and expects to conclude negotiations by September 15th. Microsoft said that, if a deal for TikTok is made, it would move all data servers covering U.S.-based users to North American shores in order to assuage concerns by Trump and other U.S. policymakers that the Chinese government might be able to track TikTok users or access private messages.
“Following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald J. Trump, Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States,” Microsoft said in a statement on Sunday. Further, they are “committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury.”
At press time, according to Microsoft, the talks with ByteDance are preliminary with no guarantee it will reach an agreement for the TikTok purchase. If nothing is done by September 15th, President Trump has threatened to shut down access for all Americans.
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