Technology giants, Microsoft, have announced that they will be buying TikTok’s U.S. operations following a discussion between Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, and U.S. President, Donald Trump.
Recall that Newsbreakers reported that US President Donald Trump announced that he’ll be banning the app from the United States over fears that the Chinese government uses it to spy on Americans.
However, in a blog post, Microsoft (MSFT) said its CEO Satya Nadella has talked with Trump about buying the app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance after US policymakers have expressed concerns about the app’s ability to invade users privacy.
Microsoft said, “[Microsoft] is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury,” the company said, adding that it will “move quickly” to talk with ByteDance “in a matter of weeks. During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President.”
It added, “This new structure would build on the experience TikTok users currently love while adding world-class security, privacy, and digital safety protections,” Microsoft said. “The operating model for the service would be built to ensure transparency to users as well as appropriate security oversight by governments in these countries.”
If the deal goes through, President Trump might decide not to carry out his threat to ban the app from the United States.