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    Microsoft Reportedly Considering Buying TikTok’s UK Operations as Well

    This would be an expansion of discussions of buying TikTok units in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

    By Harold Henry - Aug 18, 2020
    Microsoft Reportedly Considering Buying TikTok’s UK Operations as Well

    According to a report from the Fox Business Network citing a banker familiar with the deal, Microsoft is additionally interested in buying the popular music video app TikTok’s U.K. operations. This would be an expansion of discussions of buying TikTok units in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

    The U.K. government announced in earlier this month that it has no plans to block the ByteDance-owned platform in the country. TikTok is reportedly considering a plan to move its headquarters from the U.S. to London pending a public statement of support from the British government, according to sources cited in the South China Morning Post last week.

    US President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order for ByteDance to divest all U.S. assets, including TikTok.

    According to the executive order issued by the White House:

    “[TikTok’s] data threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information and blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.”

    The order additionally stated that TikTok “reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive, such as content concerning protests in Hong Kong and China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.”

    TikTok didn’t offer a comment on the report, said Fox Business News.

     

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