Microsoft and Bytedance Put TikTok Talks on Hold After Trump Signals Opposition

Microsoft and Bytedance Put TikTok Talks on Hold After Trump Signals Opposition

The White House stated Saturday the administration has ‘extremely serious nationwide security concerns over TikTok,’ the video-sharing app.



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has actually paused negotiations to buy the U.S. operations of the video-sharing app TikTok after President Trump stated late Friday he opposes the deal, according to individuals familiar with the matter.

The president’s declarations spurred TikTok to make extra concessions, including agreeing to add as lots of as 10,000 tasks in the U.S. over the next three years, but it isn’t clear if those will modify Mr. Trump’s position, among the people stated.

The software giant was in sophisticated talks with TikTok moms and dad Bytedance Ltd., with momentum towards an offer that they thought fulfilled the White Home objective for the popular app to get purchased by a U.S. business, individuals said. Those strategies were interrupted when Mr. Trump informed press reporters on Flying force One that he chose to prohibit the app and wouldn’t support a sale.

Prior to Mr. Trump’s remarks, the 2 sides thought the broad strokes of an offer might be in place by Monday, the individuals stated.

The companies were captured off guard by the president’s comments, said a single person acquainted with the matter. Another person stated the White Home has been included in the conversations for weeks and made it clear from the start that the desired outcome was for TikTok to be “American owned.”

In a statement Saturday, a White Home spokesperson stated, “The administration has very serious national security concerns over TikTok. We continue to assess future policy.”

The offer talks aren’t thought to be dead, however rather the 2 companies are attempting to get clearness on where the White House stands and whether it is preparing a separate action that would make it hard for TikTok to operate in the U.S., the people stated.

Mr. Trump said that he preferred to ban the app entirely.

” As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” he said. “Well, I have that authority.”

Compose to Cara Lombardo at cara.lombardo@wsj.com and Georgia Wells at Georgia.Wells@wsj.com

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