TikTok, with support from Donald Trump, would be bought by Oracle
Donald Trump, the US president, supports a possible offer to purchase by Oracle of the Chinese application of short videos TikTok, which is already in negotiations with Microsoft.
According to the Bloomberg agency, the Oracle IT group, whose president Larry Ellison has provided millions of dollars of funds for the Trump campaign, would be interested in buying TikTok's activities in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Answering questions after giving a speech in Arizona, Trump stated, "I think Oracle is a great company and I think its owner is a great guy. He's a great person. I think Oracle would certainly be able to handle it."
When asked about his preference for the purchase of TikTok, he only said that the eventual buyer must ensure that the United States is well compensated.
The Trump administration gave TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance 90 days to sell the social network's US operations, under threat of blocking it in the United States, citing national security concerns. The president has accused the Chinese platform for months, without providing evidence, of collecting data from its US users for the benefit of Beijing.
TikTok reinforced its communication campaign on Monday with a new website and Twitter account dedicated to combating rumors about the network.
"TikTok is not available in China. US user data is stored in Virginia and backed up in Singapore," the company says. "TikTok has never given any US data to the Chinese government and would not do so if asked," he added.