Twitter and TikTok had discussed the possible combination of social media services, report says

Twitter and TikTok had discussed the possible combination of social media services, report says

The Wall Street Journal detailed Saturday that San Francisco-based Twitter had starter discusses a likely combination with TikTok, the well known video-sharing application, refering to individuals acquainted with the issue.

As per the Journal, it was hazy whether Twitter will seek after a deal with TikTok, which would confront significant challenges.

Twitter and TikTok declined to comment when arrived at Saturday by USA TODAY. TikTok said it doesn’t comment on “market rumors.”

President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Thursday blocking all U.S. transactions with TikTok’s Chinese parent organization, ByteDance, the most recent move by the organization to compel the video-sharing application to sever its connections to Beijing.

The order, which is probably going to confront lawful difficulties, would bar “any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd” in an effort to “address the national emergency with respect to the information and communication technology supply chain.”

The president signed a different executive order restricting transactions with China-based tech goliath Tencent, which claims the application WeChat, refering to comparative national security concerns.

He claims the apps “capture vast swaths of information from its users” which could allow “the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.”

Microsoft affirmed on Aug. 2 that it would keep on arranging an acquisition of TikTok’s U.S. activities after a discussion between CEO Satya Nadella and Trump.

“Microsoft will move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, in a matter of weeks, and in any event completing these discussions no later than September 15, 2020,” Microsoft said in a blog post. “During this process, Microsoft looks forward to continuing dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President.”

The tech giant said its proposed “new structure would build on the experience TikTok users currently love, while adding world-class security, privacy, and digital safety protections.”

Microsoft said it “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.”

Trump has likewise signaled that he anticipates the U.S. Depository to get a cut from the potential Microsoft purchase of TikTok, contending the U.S. made the deal conceivable. He has not explained how that would function or whether he has the legitimate authority to demand payment to the government.