Trump wants Tiktok to sell American operations, and Microsoft is looking to buy

TikTok may be under new management soon, in the U.S. at least. Reports on Friday indicate Microsoft is in talks to buy the social media giant’s U.S. operations. The news follows weeks of debate over whether the Chinese-owned social media company is a threat to national security, a debate that reached a new pitch on Friday when reports emerged that President Trump would demand that TikTok sell its American business.

The concerns over TikTok have to do with China’s national security laws. As TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, is based in China, it is required by law to comply with China’s intelligence requests. Politicians across America’s political spectrum have expressed concern over TikTok’s connection to the Chinese government, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo considering a ban and Joe Biden’s campaign recently asking staff to delete the app from their phones.

source: digital trends

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