TikTok, Twitter held discuss sale of popular video app, states report


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Add Twitter to TikTok’s list of possible dance partners. The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that the social media has actually had initial talks with TikTok about purchasing the United States operations of the extremely popular, Chinese-owned video app.

On Thursday, United States President Donald Trump released an executive order that would efficiently prohibit TikTok in the United States. But because that order does not start up until next month, it exposes the possibility of a sale to a US-based business.

Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook have actually all been name-checked in journalism as possible buyers, and Microsoft has actually acknowledged it’s pursuing an offer.

Trump and others state TikTok is a nationwide security risk since it gathers United States users’ information and its owner, ByteDance, is beholden to China’s communist federal government. ByteDance has actually rejected that the app provides any such risk.

It’s uncertain if Twitter will in fact pursue an offer, the Journal stated, pointing out confidential sources. Microsoft is further along in settlements, the news outlet stated, and being smaller sized, Twitter would have a harder time raising adequate cash to purchase the app.

A Microsoft-TikTok offer might be worth in between $10 billion and $30 billion, depending upon just how much of TikTok the tech giant consented to get, CNBC has actually reported. Twitter’s market capitalization is around $29 billion and Microsoft’s is over $1.6 trillion, the Journal kept in mind.

But Twitter’s smaller sized size might be a benefit, the social networks business has actually reasoned, since it would not undergo the very same level of antitrust examination, the Journal stated.

A marital relationship with TikTok would not be Twitter’s very first venture into brief videos. In 2012, the business purchased start-up Vine for $30 million, just to close down Vine in 2016.

Both Twitter and TikTok decreased to discuss the Journal report.

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