Microsoft confirms it is in talks to buy TikTok in the United States

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Microsoft has confirmed that it is in talks to buy Chinese-owned app TikTok in the United States.

In a blog post, the company had said that discussions to acquire the video-sharing app will continue following a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and US President Donald Trump.

This comes after Trump on Friday threatened to ban the app within the United States with administration officials expressing security concerns in recent weeks.

Microsoft said that it was committed to acquiring TikTok “subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States,” adding that the company would ensure that “all private data of TikTok’s American users is transferred to and remains in the United States”.

The company said that it expected talks to end no later than September 15th with TikTok-owner ByteDance. The deal would see Microsoft taking ownership of the platform in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

“Microsoft appreciates the U.S. Government’s and President Trump’s personal involvement as it continues to develop strong security protections for the country,” Microsoft said.

The talks between Microsoft and ByteDance come as geopolitical tensions between China and the United States continue to simmer.

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