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Inside the Microsoft Talks to Buy TikTok’s U.S. Business
Covert discussions began weeks ago. After the software giant’s CEO and Trump spoke Sunday, Microsoft said an agreement could include the video app’s operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Michael C. Bende
Updated Aug. 3, XXXXXXXXXX:47 am ET
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Microsoft Corp. said it will move forward with plans to buy the U.S. operations of the hit video-sharing app TikTok, capping weeks of covert dealmaking that were almost upended by an 11th-hour intervention from President Trump.
The transaction could reshape the global tech landscape and further strain already tense U.S.-China relations.
Following a phone call Sunday between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Mr. Trump, the company put out a blog post saying it would move quickly to pursue discussions with TikTok parent ByteDance Ltd. of Beijing and aims to complete the negotiations by Sept. 15. The statement, the software giant’s first confirmation it was interested in acquiring TikTok’s U.S. business, said the deal talks also entail the app’s service in 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,” the company said in its statement.
It added it would ensure that the data of American TikTok users is transfe
ed to the U.S., where it would remain. Microsoft said TikTok operations under its ownership would build on the popular user experience while adding privacy and security protections.
For weeks, TikTok’s Chinese parent company has discussed selling the app’s U.S. business to Microsoft, in talks involving U.S. government officials. A deal seemed close Friday, but then Mr. Trump expressed opposition, saying he prefe
ed an outright ban of the app and throwing a wrench into the talks.
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The deal would land Microsoft the
eakout social-media player of this decade. It would give Washington a win over Beijing by
inging a Chinese technology crown jewel under U.S. ownership. For TikTok parent ByteDance it would resolve the national-security concerns that threatened to thwart its U.S. operations.
The proposed transaction gained the blessing of senior Trump officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who saw value in an American company getting access to sophisticated TikTok algorithms that decide what videos users are served. Others, including Vice President Mike Pence, have voiced concerns. At a Friday morning meeting, officials from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which has been reviewing an earlier TikTok transaction, were told a Microsoft deal was imminent.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, center, was among those favoring a Microsoft deal for TikTok. At right is White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
PHOTO: STEFANI REYNOLDS/BLOOMBERG NEWS
In Friday evening remarks to reporters aboard Air Force One, Mr. Trump said he opposed a Microsoft deal and wanted to use his executive authority to ban the app in the U.S., a move favored by hawkish trade adviser Peter Nava
The comments, when reported, floored those involved in the talks. ByteDance quickly made some concessions, saying CEO Zhang Yiming would sell his stake in TikTok. It wasn’t clear in the moment whether Mr. Trump was set on shutting TikTok out of the U.S. or simply negotiating. “Have you read ‘The Art of the Deal,’” one national-security official responded when asked.
The Beijing headquarters of TikTok owner ByteDance Ltd.
PHOTO: GREG BAKER/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
The companies paused the talks as they sought clarity from the administration.
Mr. Trump recently heard from advisers inside and outside the White House about a need to save TikTok in the U.S. The app, filled largely with dance-offs and jokey skits, has become ingrained in the lives of millions of teenagers, some of them potential voters.
The negotiations over TikTok show the effects of Mr. Trump’s push to close U.S. borders to Chinese companies deemed potential national security threats—after decades of China keeping out many American firms—and also show how global corporations can be used as political bargaining chips. A deal with Microsoft buying TikTok’s U.S. operation would resolve one of the most dramatic corporate battles in the U.S.-China feud.
The race to rewrite TikTok’s destiny in the U.S. started in early July, after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the possibility in a
oadcast interview of banning the app in the U.S. Officials subsequently said the app posed a security threat.
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Your TikTok App Could Become American. What Does That Change?
Only days after President Trump threatened to ban TikTok, Microsoft announced it is pushing ahead with plans to buy the U.S. operations of the hugely popular video-sharing platform. WSJ's Eva Xiao looks at what it means for China's hit internet export. Photo: Frank Hoermann/Sven Simon/Zuma Press
U.S. officials have expressed concern that TikTok would let China’s authoritarian government have access to the data TikTok collects from Americans and other users. TikTok has said it would never hand over such data. Under China’s laws, companies operating there must comply with any government request to turn over data.
Officials also wo
y that the app could be used to spread Chinese propaganda and that the platform’s moderators are censoring content to appease Beijing. The Journal has reported that TikTok previously blocked videos related to politics, including those about the Hong Kong protests. More recently, it has allowed some political content on the app. The State and Defense departments keep TikTok off employees’ government devices.
This account of what happened behind the scenes is based on interviews with people involved in the talks or familiar with the discussions.
ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming
PHOTO: GILLES SABRIE/BLOOMBERG NEWS
ByteDance tried to avoid offloading TikTok’s U.S. operations, as Mr. Zhang believed TikTok