TikTok has always been a controversial company, not least because of its Chinese origins. It’s a fact that’s also led to US President Trump suggesting that he could ban the company, and its mobile apps, from the United States.
Now though, Microsoft might be offering something of a fix for the whole, strange situation – it wants to buy TikTok.
Rumors of Microsoft’s interest in the video social network have been rife and now the company has taken the unusual step of confirming the fact in a blog post. The company also confirmed that CEO, Satya Nadella, spoke directly to President Donald Trump regarding the potential purchase. Microsoft obviously doesn’t want to spend a fortune on a company only to see it banned from its home country.
Microsoft is aware that the security of US data is one that is – supposedly, at least – the issue with TikTok and it has made it clear that it intends to work on that if it does buy the company.
Among other measures, Microsoft would ensure that all private data of TikTok’s American users is transferred to and remains in the United States. To the extent that any such data is currently stored or backed-up outside the United States, Microsoft would ensure that this data is deleted from servers outside the country after it is transferred.
Microsoft has also set a date of September 15 for it to have completed the deal, although it did also say that none of this means that a purchase will necessarily take place.
This might just be one of the most 2020 things of 2020 so far.
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