TikTok ban could cost Trump millions of votes, company tells campaign

Yolanda Curtis
September 20, 2020

As noted, save a miracle, TikTok will disappear from app stores in the USA from tomorrow, and further provisions from the Department of Commerce ensure it will stop working in the country from November.

The US officials had expressed concern that the personal data of as many as 100 million Americans that use the app were being passed on to the Chinese government.

"Oracle will quickly deploy, rapidly scale, and operate TikTok systems in the Oracle Cloud", said Oracle CEO Safra Catz in a statement.

In its statement, TikTok said that it was committed to protecting the privacy and safety of its 100 million U.S. users.

US President Donald Trump's administration had ordered a ban on downloads of video-sharing app TikTok as well as messaging platform WeChat, both owned by Chinese companies.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House before he departed for North Carolina, Mr Trump said the deal will be "totally secure". Venture firms like Sequoia Capital and General Atlantic may also acquire equity in the new business. "We are a 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok's American users".

Under the three-way partnership, an entity called TikTok Global will be created and will "maintain and expand" TikTok's current headquarters in the USA, the company said in a statement.

He said the app will hire at least 25 thousand people if the deal follows through.

TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart issued statements confirming the negotiations and explaining the financial arrrangement. But much of this data collection is similar to other social networks like Facebook. The Trump administration insists that the app can be used by the Chinese government to harvest the data of Americans.

In a statement released on Saturday, China's Ministry of Commerce said it "firmly opposes" the US decision to ban WeChat and TikTok.

ByteDance will still retain a stake but has agreed to significant security safeguards on the data of U.S. users with Oracle housing all data and getting the right to inspect the TikTok source code.

The president announced that the company will make a $5billion (£4.6billion) donation to education in the state.

Beijing has signaled it would greenlight a deal as long as ByteDance doesn't have to transfer the artificial intelligence algorithms that drive TikTok's service, Bloomberg has reported.

The news release includes a quote from Ellison that takes a swipe at Oracle's larger cloud rivals, saying that "TikTok picked Oracle's new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure because it's much faster, more reliable, and more secure than the first-generation technology now offered by all the other major cloud providers". He previously said the federal government should get a portion of the deal for authorizing it.

Media captionWhat's going on with TikTok? In the comments below, users said they were happy that the ongoing drama around the ban would subside.

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