The founding father of ByteDance, which owns social media big TikTok, said Monday his groups have been working around-the-clock “for the best outcome” as talks on the sale of its US operation to Microsoft proceed, Chinese media reported.
TikTok, fashionable within the United States and extensively utilized by younger individuals who create, share and watch brief movies on the platform — is the most recent goal in a wide-ranging commerce struggle between Beijing and Washington.
The US authorities has said the Chinese-owned company is a nationwide safety risk — allegations that TikTok denies.
“In the current environment, we faced the real possibility of a forced sale of TikTok’s US business… or an executive order banning the app,” ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming wrote in a message to all of the company’s employees, tech news outlet Pandaily reported.
“While we encounter mounting complexities across the geopolitical landscape and significant external pressure, our response teams have been working around-the-clock and giving up their weekends over the past few weeks to ensure the best possible outcome”.
Microsoft said Sunday it could proceed talks to purchase the US operations of TikTok, which has an estimated one billion customers worldwide.
The tech big added it aimed to wrap up discussions “no later than September 15.”
President Donald Trump said last week he would ban the app, however since seems to have backed away from the risk, which brought on nice concern for US customers — significantly content material creators who generate income on the platform.
Many have posted hyperlinks to their Instagram or YouTube accounts to keep away from dropping followers if the platform is in the end blocked.
Zhang said he disagreed with forcing TikTok to dump its US service.
“We have always been committed to ensuring user data security, as well as the platform neutrality and transparency,” he said.
“Given the current circumstances, we must also confront the CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) decision and the executive order of the President of the United States, without giving up exploring any possibilities.”