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Even if you’re an old-timer, you’ve probably heard of ByteDance’s ridiculously popular video-sharing app TikTok, which lets bored teens and other users create dance, lip-sync, and other types of short-form videos. Following allegations of invasive data collection and other major privacy issues (ByteDance, as you probably also know, is based in China), President Trump has proposed banning the app from the U.S. entirely, but according to a story from Reuters, TikTok might be given a second lease on life stateside thanks to new ownership.

China’s ByteDance has reportedly agreed to divest the app’s U.S. operations, relinquishing its user data to another huge entity. Sources claim that this will be no other than Microsoft, which is no stranger to hosting and managing hordes of personal information via Windows, LinkedIn, and other popular platforms.

“ByteDance was previously seeking to keep a minority stake in the U.S. business of TikTok, which the White House had rejected,” Reuters reported. “Under the new proposed deal, ByteDance would exit completely and Microsoft Corp would take over TikTok in the United States, the sources said.”

“Under ByteDance’s new proposal, Microsoft, which also owns professional social media network LinkedIn, will be in charge of protecting all of TikTok’s U.S. user data, the sources said. The plan allows for a U.S. company other than Microsoft to take over TikTok in the United States, the sources added.”

According to Fox Business Network’s Charles Gasparino, who was one of the first to report on this potential acquisition, Microsoft is the only big U.S. tech company that would be allowed to do this due to antitrust concerns.

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  1. I don’t even really know what TikTok is, but you would think after all of their failed social media attempts, Microsoft would learn.
  2. I don’t even really know what TikTok is, but you would think after all of their failed social media attempts, Microsoft would learn.

    It’s a phone app that will help you kill all your time. Similar to Snapchat (short videos) but instead of the videos deleting themselves after viewing (or 24 hours if on your story) the videos stay up until you delete them and are shared with all users of TikTok.

    I will say there are some creative people in this world and a lot of them are on tiktok.

  3. I am tempted to jump on there and post non-stop Free Honk Kong videos just to see how fast my account is terminated.
  4. I am tempted to jump on there and post non-stop Free Honk Kong videos just to see how fast my account is terminated.

    The videos only last at most 60 seconds. So you’d have to upload a lot of them to get a full one.

    Lots of people do upload clips from movies. Don’t know of anyone who’s done a full movie span across multiple videos though. DOET!

  5. Another story I read today says they’re trying to ban TikTok in the US… So confused.
  6. ….its a Chinese owned app.
    Its big, its a success, its a target.
    In fairness when other countries do this, and have these concerns, I think they are fair concerns. Same for us, they are fair concerns for US to have, and so we have them. They are either getting banned, or be US fully controlled via splitting US market and selling it. I think the splitting is a better option, saves us some face… What little we have left anyway.
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