The founding father of ByteDance, which owns social media large TikTok, mentioned Monday his groups had 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, in style within the United States and broadly utilized by younger individuals who create, share and watch brief movies on the platform — is the newest goal in a wide-ranging commerce battle between Beijing and Washington.
The US authorities has mentioned the Chinese-owned firm is a nationwide safety menace — 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 the corporate’s employees, tech information 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”.
The tech large added it aimed to wrap up discussions “no later than September 15.”
President Donald Trump mentioned final week he would ban the app, however since seems to have backed away from the menace, which induced nice concern for US customers — notably content material creators who earn a living on the platform.
Zhang mentioned 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 mentioned.
“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.”