TikTok Has a Buyer at the 11th Hour: ReportNewser — Neal Colgrass
Looks like TikTok is selling its US operations to Oracle, a Silicon Valley firm, only a week before President Trump threatened to ban the app if no deal materialized.
At least that's what insiders tell the Wall Street Journal. But no details have emerged about the Chinese video-sharing app's apparent sale. Earlier Sunday, Microsoft said its bid had been denied—why is unclear, but the New York Times notes that Microsoft wanted control of TikTok's computer code to protect US users from Chinese snooping or disinformation.
China then barred TikTok from selling the code without Beijing's approval, and a source at TikTok parent company ByteDance said the code was indeed off the table.
The concern, posed by US intelligence agencies, is that TikTok's code allows China to cull sensitive user data. Washington still needs to approve the Oracle deal.
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