The TikTok issue still remains unsolved by the Trump administration

Понедельник, 28 Сен, 2020

The arrangement stated by Oracle is the outcome preferred by the U.S. government.

President Trump has approved a deal that would see the creation of a new company, TikTok Global, which will be a collaboration between current owner ByteDance and two U.S. companies - Oracle (which would have a 12.5% stake) and Walmart (7.5% stake).

The Chinese owner of TikTok has claimed it will retain majority ownership of the viral video sharing app, despite claims by USA bidders that the app would American-owned.

Later in the day, Trump told reporters the deal was "working its way through", and added, "I've given a preliminary OK". "In addition, we would work toward an initial public offering of the company in the United States within the next year to bring even more ownership to American citizens", said Walmart in a statement.

Under a separate executive order issued last month, TikTok owner ByteDance has until November 12 to complete a sale of its US operations. As a result, TikTok's 100 million USA users can continue to download the app, including updates and security fixes.

A California court ruling said it granted a "motion for a nationwide injunction against the implementation" of the government order on WeChat, with the judge citing concerns over free speech. The Beijing-based firm said TikTok Global's board of directors will include ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming as well as Walmart's chief executive Doug McMillon and current directors of ByteDance.

Despite the law, Oracle and Walmart said in their statement that, "all the TikTok technology will be in possession of TikTok Global, and comply with United States laws and privacy regulations". ByteDance is now seeking a valuation of $60 billion for TikTok Global in which ByteDance may end up owning as much as 80 percent after investments from Oracle and Walmart.

President Trump has approved a deal between TikTok owner ByteDance, Oracle and Walmart, which averts the ban that was to take effect on September 20.

It additionally knocked the demand for a ByteDance to show resource code to Oracle as aspect of the latter's function of "counted on innovation companion" as well as slammed the chance of TikTok Global blocking out Chinese accessibility to its own application. It was picked by TikTok after Zoom Video Communications started using Oracle's cloud services.

TikTok - which became a global phenomenon with its brand of short, addictive phone videos and has some 100 million US users - has come under fire in recent months as tensions escalate between China and the West. This proves the USA presidents claim to be false.

"TikTok Global will also launch a listing plan to further enhance its corporate governance structure and transparency", ByteDance said.

With this agreement, TikTok Global will able to continue to provide a hundred million Americans with access to the social network they love, and spark much needed competition in the market for social networks.

Software firm Oracle Corp. and retail corporation Walmart Inc. recently announced their plan to invest in TikTok Global, Bloomberg reported.

TikTok Global will also create more than 25,000 new jobs in the U.S. and TikTok Global will pay more than $5 billion to the U.S. Treasury.

Oracle chairman Larry Ellison is a Trump supporter (he held a fundraiser this 12 months for the president) and Oracle CEO Safra Catz was on Trump's presidential transition workforce. "And it's going to be totally controlled by Oracle. and if we find that they don't have total control, then we're not going to approve the deal", he warned.

"Oracle will be responsible for key technology and security responsibilities to protect all USA user data", she added.

TikTok is based in Beijing and has been deemed a national security risk. It also argues that giving US companies some control over the service reduces that risk.