UPDATE - Trump Says Sale Of TikTok To Oracle Has His Approval, Walmart May Take Part
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 20th September, 2020) US President Donald Trump says he has approved the purchase of TikTok, a video-sharing app owned by Chinese company ByteDance, to US software company Oracle, with the possible participation of Walmart.
"I approved the deal in concept," Trump told reporters, saying that conceptually, "it's a great deal for America."
"We disagree with the decision from the Commerce Department, and are disappointed that it stands to block new app downloads from Sunday and ban use of the TikTok app in the US from November 12," a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement released on TikTok's Communications Team Twitter page on Saturday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier this week that the Trump administration was going to continue vetting a deal between TikTok and Oracle to determine if that would assuage Trump's concerns on the national security threat allegedly posed by TikTok.
TikTok assured in its Saturday statement that it was committed to protecting US users' privacy and safety.
"In our proposal to the US Administration, we've already committed to unprecedented levels of additional transparency and accountability well beyond what other apps are willing to do, including third-party audits, verification of code security, and US government oversight of US data security," a TikTok spokesperson said.
Earlier this month, US media reported that Oracle was going to be announced as TikTok's tech partner but that the deal was probably not going to be structured as an outright sale. microsoft announced last week that ByteDance would not be selling parts of TikTok's operations to Microsoft.