Recently, a backbencher MP has asked the government and concerned authorities to carry required security reviews on the Chinese app TikTok before its owners decide and declare to base the app in the United Kingdom.
The Co-Founder of the China Research Group of Tory MPs, Neil O’Brien, said that the intelligence services should write and publish a detailed report on this matter.
In addition to this, the President of the United States has started to threaten TikTok to ban it in the US.
With this, TikTok has left the plans to establish its headquarters in the United States. Reports say that TikTok has been planning to set-up its headquarters in New York or California, where this Chinese giant already had several offices. In May, TikTok appointed an American as its Chief Executive who had served in Disney previously.
On Monday, the President of the US, Donald Trump said- “I set a date of around 15 September, at which point it’s going to be out of business in the United States… unless Microsoft or somebody else is able to buy it and work out a deal,” Source: BBC.
He continued and added, “a very substantial portion of that price” should go to the US Treasury “because we’re making it possible for this deal to happen”. Source: BBC.
On the other hand, the technology giant, Microsoft, said that it is still in talks to take over TikTok’s operations and services for countries including- New Zealand, Canada, the US, and Australia.
Whereas, TikTok’s parent company, Bytedance said that they are strongly rethinking on what needs to be done.
A statement reads- “In light of the current situation, Bytedance has been evaluating the possibility of establishing TikTok’s headquarters outside of the US to better serve our global users,” Source: BBC.
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