TikTok Connects To Oracle as Microsoft Was Soft For A ByteDance

TikTok Connects To Oracle as Microsoft Was Soft For A ByteDance

ByteDance will not sell TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft according to a blog entry by Microsoft.

ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft. We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests. To do this, we would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combatting disinformation, and we made these principles clear in our August statement. We look forward to seeing how the service evolves in these important areas.
Update…Oracle wins the bid, New York Times reports. If this goes through, it may be an illusion to think that anything changed except the percentages for Team USA and Team China. I just think that the AI will remain hidden somewhere in Beijing or one Chinese city. But Mr. President will have something positive during a campaign rally: yes, I forced TikTok out of the hands of a communist party.

 The Chinese owner of TikTok has chosen Oracle to be the app’s technology partner for its U.S. operations and has rejected an acquisition offer from Microsoft, according to Microsoft officials and other people involved in the negotiations, as time runs out on an executive order from President Trump threatening to ban the popular app unless its American operations are sold.

It was unclear whether TikTok’s choice of Oracle as a technology partner would mean that Oracle would also take a majority ownership stake of the social media app, the people involved in the negotiations said. Microsoft had been seen as the American technology company with the deepest pockets to buy TikTok’s U.S. operations from its parent company, ByteDance, and with the greatest ability to address national security concerns that led to Mr. Trump’s order.

“ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s U.S. operations to Microsoft,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests.”

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  1. It depends on what weighs higher, with respect to the proposed banning/divestment of TikTok USA. If security was the leading concern, then the authorities will still follow the trail, but if it was more about politics, then it’s already a done deal for Trump!

    We are watching…

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