Talks between Microsoft and TikTok parent company were paused after President Trump voiced his opposition to the deal. The deal does not appear to be dead, but both parties are reportedly trying to get a handle on where the Trump administration stands.
President Trump told reporters Friday he was planning to ban TikTok from operating in the US.’as far as TikTok is concerned, we’re banning them from the United States,’ he said.
‘I will sign the document tomorrow,’ he said on Friday night. A ban could take effect’essentially immediately’, he said.
Microsoft was in advanced talks with jumpdance prior to President’s comments. Tiktok agreed to add 10,000 jobs in the US.
softwaredance had agreed to sell its American operations to prevent the Trump administration from banning it in the US. Microsoft would be in charge of protecting us user data.
The administration has threatened to ban the video-sharing app for several weeks. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on July 7th a ban was’something we’re looking at’.
Tiktok us general manager Vanessa Pappas said in a video on Saturday that’we’re not planning on going anywhere’.
Tiktok is a subsidiary of Beijing-based jumpdance. Has been scrutinized for its privacy practices and potential ties to China’s government. Pompeo has compared TikTok to Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese companies the Trump administration has designated as threats to us national security.
Last month, TikTok users and K-Pop fans encouraged followers to buy tickets to President Trump’s rally in Tulsa but not show up. Turnout for the rally was lower than the Trump campaign had expected.
Reports on Friday suggested the Trump administration would force TikTok’s owner to divest it. Microsoft is in advanced talks to acquire the company.
Us law does n’t have any precedent for blocking software, the way China’s great firewall does. The U.S. law does not have a precedent to block software.