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Microsoft has confirmed its intention to buy the TikTok music micro-video platform in the United States after its CEO, Satya Nadella, has had a conversation with US President Donald Trump, who had announced his intention to ban the Chinese application in the country.
"Microsoft is ready to continue discussions to explore the purchase of TikTok in the United States, " the company said in a statement released via its 'blog'.
The Redmond giant will enter into talks with ByteDance, the company that owns TikTok, "quickly" with the aim of completing the negotiations "in a matter of weeks . " Regarding the possible date, it has advanced that the discussions can be complete "no later than September 15." During the process, Microsoft has assured that "it hopes to continue its dialogue with the United States Government, including with the President."
Discussions with ByteDance will be based on notification to the United States Foreign Investment Committee . In the statement, the company states that both have notified their intention to explore a preliminary proposal that would involve the purchase of TikTok not only in the United States, but also in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The new structure "would build on the experience that TikTok users currently love, while adding security, privacy and digital security protections ." Thus, "the operating model for the service would be built to guarantee transparency to users, as well as adequate security supervision by the governments of these countries," according to the text.
"Among other measures, Microsoft would ensure that all private data of US users is transferred and remains in the United States, " he added, while ensuring that data that is currently stored outside the US country will be deleted after be transferred.
In this regard, Microsoft has attached importance to "addressing Trump's concerns" and has pledged to acquire TikTok after "a comprehensive security review" and to provide "the appropriate economic benefits to the United States, including the Treasury."
"Microsoft appreciates the personal involvement of Trump and the United States government as it continues to develop strong security protections for the country, " he said.
Finally, the company has stressed that, so far, the discussions are in a "preliminary" phase. Thus, he specified that he "has no intention" to "provide further updates until the discussions have no final result".
The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, has confirmed this Sunday that Trump is finalizing the preparations to make a decision on the possibility of restricting the use of the application on the suspicion that he would be sending information from his users to the Chinese Government. .
The president already announced on Friday that he would ban TikTok using emergency economic powers or an executive order, although he did not provide further details.
Critics of the app expressed suspicion that the data TikTok might collect from US users could end up in the hands of the Chinese government, despite the company saying it stores its data outside of China and that it would resist any attempt. from Beijing for appropriating the information.
For their part, cybersecurity experts have pointed out that the potential national security risk posed by the application is, above all, theoretical and that there is no evidence to suggest that the data of TikTok users may be compromised by the Intelligence of China.
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