World Trump touts 'fantastic' TikTok deal with Walmart and Oracle
As deadline looms, scramble on TikTok deal structure
Amid a looming deadline set by President Donald Trump, negotiators scrambled to find a new ownership structure for the popular video app TikTok that would pass muster in both the United States and China. Trump said Wednesday he was undecided and still considering the national security implications of any new structure for the wildly popular app, which has an estimated 100 million users in the United States and as many as one billion worldwide. © NICOLAS ASFOURI Silicon Valley tech giant Oracle is working on deal to become the US partner to Chinese-owned video app TikTok to avert a ban in the United States Some analysts said it appeared difficult to craft a
Popular video app TikTok announced Saturday it has proposed an agreement with Oracle as its US technology provider and Walmart as a commercial partner, a potential deal US President Donald Trump touted as "fantastic."
"We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the US Administration and settle questions around TikTok's future in the US," a spokeswoman for TikTok, owned by China's ByteDance, told AFP.
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TikTok restrictions start on September 20 but will initially apply to new downloads and software updates, meaning the app will continue to work as normal for existing users—at least until November 12.As of this Sunday, September 20, the Trump administration will prohibit distribution and maintenance of TikTok through mobile app stores in the U.S.
Oracle will become the "trusted technology provider, responsible for hosting all US user data and securing associated computer systems to ensure US national security requirements are fully satisfied," the spokeswoman said. "We are currently working with Walmart on a commercial partnership as well."
She gave few further details about the deal, other than saying that the companies will "maintain and expand" TikTok's global headquarters in the US and create 25,000 new jobs.
Trump had earlier praised the deal as "fantastic."
"I have given the deal my blessing," he said. "If they get it done, that's great, if they don't, that's OK too."
Trump has claimed for weeks that TikTok is collecting user data for Beijing, without ever providing evidence for his allegations.
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The president has said he has agreed to a deal to allow the social media platform to continue operating in the United States.President Donald Trump said Saturday he supported "in concept" an arrangement which would see TikTok move to be owned by a new company, TikTok global, which Oracle and Walmart will both have shares in.
In early August, he gave ByteDance until September 20 to hand over TikTok's US operations to an American company.
And on Friday the Trump administration ordered a ban on downloads of the video-sharing app, as well as Chinese-owned messaging platform WeChat, escalating a fight with Beijing over technology.
Following TikTok's announcement, the US delayed the ban on downloading the app until September 27.
Trump said the "security will be 100 percent" and that the companies will use separate cloud servers.
The deal will lead to the creation of a new company, headquartered in Texas, that will have "nothing to do with China" but will still be called TikTok, according to the president.
Trump also said that the companies involved will make a $5 billion contribution toward "the education of American youth." He had previously said that the federal government deserved a cut of the deal for authorizing it.
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TikTok's spokeswoman only confirmed the creation of the new jobs and that the company's global headquarters would remain in the US.
Oracle confirmed its part in the deal in a statement, saying TikTok's decision was "was heavily influenced by Zoom's recent success in moving a large portion of its video conferencing capacity to the Oracle Public Cloud."
Walmart did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.
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Under Friday's US order against the Chinese apps, Tencent-owned WeChat would lose functionality in the United States from Sunday.
Following the TikTok-Oracle-Walmart deal's announcement, TikTok users will be banned from installing updates starting on September 27, but they could keep accessing the service through November 12.
That timeframe potentially allows for the deal with Walmart and Oracle to get tied up, to safeguard data for the wildly popular app to allay Washington's security concerns.
TikTok's brand of brief, quirky phone videos has become hugely popular, especially among young people, with 100 million users in the United States alone.
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Chinese media have denounced pressure by the US on TikTok’s owner to sell the popular app to American firms.It is the latest twist in a high-stakes game between the world’s top two economies that has a wildly popular and politically sensitive piece of technology at its centre, just weeks before what could be a closely run US presidential election.
With Trump facing a tough reelection campaign, US officials have described the measures as essential to safeguard against potential Chinese espionage through the platforms.
But in response, China's Commerce Ministry on Saturday condemned what it called US "bullying," saying it violated international trade norms and that there was no evidence of any security threat, shortly before launching a mechanism that would allow it to sanction foreign companies.
China's long-expected "unreliable entities list" is seen as a weapon for Beijing to retaliate against the United States, which has used its own "entity list" to shut Chinese telecom giant Huawei out of the US market, in addition to the recent moves against TikTok and WeChat.
Trump critics have said that while TikTok's security risks were unclear, the sweeping ban raises concerns about the government's ability to regulate free expression.
The ban ramps up the battle with Beijing over technology, which some analysts say is based more on competitive than security concerns.
China Accuses U.S. Of 'Shamelessly Robbing' TikTok and Warns It Is 'Prepared to Fight' .
"This is blunt bullying. It's a robbery of Chinese company's achievements under the guise of security," the editorial by state mouthpiece, the Global Times, said.Reacting to the news that a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to TikTok and its parent company ByteDance on Sunday, saving it from being booted from mobile app stores in the U.S., the Global Times criticized the Trump administration.