Microsoft says they have clarified possible TikTok acquisition with Donald Trump


In a statement, Microsoft writes that it is continuing talks with the Chinese-owned video sharing app TikTok to buy their business in the United States.

Sources have previously reported to the New York Times that Microsoft is looking to buy the business.

  • After a conversation between Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald Trump, Microsoft is willing to continue discussions for a possible purchase of TikTok in the US, the company writes.

On Monday night, the news agency Reuters reported that President Donald Trump has given the owners of TikTok, Chinese ByteDance, a 45-day deadline, until September 15, to reach an agreement with Microsoft on a sale.

Will ban
Trump said Saturday he wants to ban the popular app in the United States, citing security concerns. According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the video app is among Chinese software companies that «provide information directly to the Chinese Communist Party and the country’s security services,» and he points to information such as face recognition, phone numbers and information about friends.

«This is information that is part of national security, it is part of the privacy of the American people,» said Pompeo, who announced that President Trump’s announcement to ban TikTok will come soon.

The Chinese company Bytedance, which owns TikTok, sent out a message on Monday night if it had encountered «complex and unforeseen difficulties» in the work of becoming a global company.

In the statement, Bytedance also accused American Facebook of plagiarism and of blackmailing them, writes Reuters.

The app is already banned in India.