TikTok has chosen Oracle as USA ‘technology partner,’ rejecting Microsoft’s bid


The decision by ByteDance to reject Microsoft's proposal makes Oracle the main potential TikTok buyer.

Microsoft was the first to confirm it was courting TikTok this summer as President Donald Trump threatened to ban the app over national security concerns.

With days to go before the September 15th deadline, the South China Morning Post has confirmed, via their sources, that ByteDance will not be selling their personalization algorithm, the secret source behind their addictive feed, to any American companies.

Microsoft on Sunday said ByteDance will not be selling TikTok's us operations to the company.

"We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok's users, while protecting national security interests", Microsoft said in its post. BD has reportedly indicated THAT isn't for sale. They allege it's feeding certain content to American users, lifting data from them at the same time and funneling it all back to the Chinese government. What remains unclear is if Oracle is looking to make the same sweeping security changes Microsoft was committed to. especially if what they're saying about the coding is true.

The company said it "would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combating disinformation".

Walmart had planned to partner with Microsoft on the deal. "We look forward to seeing how the service evolves in these important areas".

The viral video platform found itself in the U.S. crosshairs after President Donald Trump announced late August his intention to ban TikTok in the country over fears of "national security threat", following a line of allegations that the app is controlled by Beijing and could "meddle" in the USA election.

The terms being discussed would be more of a corporate restructuring rather than outright sale, one person said.

With the deadline for divestment of TikTok's United States operations looming, ByteDance is keen to get a sale through.

TikTok didn't immediately return requests for comment Sunday.

Officials in the USA have criticized the app, which is immensely popular among younger millennials and Gen Z users, saying that TikTok collects too much user data and may be passing that data on American consumers back to the Chinese government.

It also resonates with Oracle's close ties to Trump and Chairman Larry Ellison's cheerleading for American tech interests.



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