Microsoft Confirms Plans To Buy TikTok After Discussion With Donald Trump

Tech giants, Microsoft has announced that they’ll be buying the social media app, TikTok.

The announcement came after US President Donald Trump declared that he’ll be banning the app from the United States in September.

Trump’s declaration concerned fears that the Chinese government uses it to spy on Americans.

In a blog post, Microsoft (MSFT) said its CEO Satya Nadella has talked with Trump about buying the app.

A Chinese company ByteDance owns the app.

“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,” the company 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 Microsoft does buy TikTok it could avert the ban that Trump threatened on Friday July 31.

In Trump’s threat, he said that he could use emergency economic powers or an executive order to block the app from operating in the United States.

If the deal goes through, and Microsoft buys majority shares of the Tiktok’s parent company ByteDance, Microsoft would own and operate TikTok services in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

It will also ensure that all private data of TikTok’s American users are transferred to and remain in the United States.

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