Summary: Microsoft is considering acquiring TikTok’s US business. This transaction will enable the software company to own a popular social media site and ease the pressure on the Chinese owner of this video-sharing application from the US government.
Microsoft is considering acquiring TikTok’s US operations. The deal will enable the software company to own a popular social media site and ease the pressure on the Chinese owner of the video-sharing app from the US government.
The Trump administration has been weighing whether to direct China-based ByteDance to divest its shares in TikTok’s US operations. Because of the Chinese company’s control of this application, the United States has been investigating potential national security risks.
According to several people familiar with the matter, the government was preparing to announce an order as soon as Friday, but another person later stated that the decision was shelved pending further review by President Trump. Since the discussions were conducted in private, all persons declined to be named.
“We are paying attention to TikTok and may ban the app.” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday. “About TikTok, we are looking for more alternatives.”
In recent years, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which is responsible for investigating overseas acquisitions of American companies, has played a more active role in reviewing and approving transactions that may threaten national security.
For Microsoft, the acquisition of TikTok will be a huge success, and it will get a popular application. Microsoft has been involved in social media investments in the past, but has never developed its own business in this lucrative industry.
Although ByteDance is headquartered in China, TikTok has repeatedly refuted allegations that it provides user data to China or is subject to Beijing. TikTok now has a CEO based in the United States, and ByteDance has considered other organizational adjustments to satisfy the United States. The requirements of the authorities.
A TikTok spokesperson said on Friday: “Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok to entertain and connect, including our creators and artist communities, who make a living on this platform. We are inspired by their passion and creativity. , And are committed to protecting their privacy and safety, while we continue to work hard to bring joy to the family and to bring meaningful careers to those who create on our platform.”
ByteDance acquired Musical.ly. In 2017, it merged with TikTok and set off a craze on American social media-this is the first Chinese application to enter the field.
As TikTok becomes more and more popular, US officials are increasingly worried that the Chinese government might use the app to obtain data on US citizens. CIFUS, which is responsible for investigating overseas acquisitions of U.S. operations, began reviewing ByteDance’s acquisition of Musical.ly in 2019.
On Thursday, Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri and Richard Blumenthal, Democratic Senator from Connecticut, sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting an investigation into whether TikTok violated American constitutional rights by sharing private information with the Chinese government.
The TikTok deal with Microsoft may help save ByteDance from the political war between the United States and China.