TEHRAN (Press Shia) – US President Donald Trump has agreed “in concept” to a deal for TikTok to partner with Oracle and Walmart, easing concerns over national-security threats and preventing a US shutdown of the Chinese video-sharing app.
Trump’s comments came just one day before a deadline he had set for TikTok’s Chinese parent, ByteDance, to sell US operations of the social media platform or be shut down in the country. TikTok reportedly filed a lawsuit on Friday, asking a judge to block the US ban.
Trump declared in July that he would ban TikTok from operating in the US, citing national-security concerns. He ordered on August 6 that a sale be done within 45 days and said earlier this month that the September 20 deadline would not be extended, RT reported.
The social media company has confirmed the deal, adding that Oracle will be a tech provider and Walmart will be a commercial partner. The US Department of Commerce also released a statement, according to which the deadline for a deal has been extended until September 27.
Oracle won out in bidding for TikTok’s US business over Microsoft in a battle of American software giants. Trump said the new partnership between TikTok, Oracle and Walmart will probably be incorporated in Texas. TikTok has tens of millions of users in the US and was downloaded 7.5 million times in the country in June alone.
TikTok and Oracle were reportedly in talks this week with Trump administration officials on details of the deal, including ownership stakes in the new venture and control over the algorithms used to recommend videos to users. Oracle has close ties to Trump – Chairman Larry Ellison hosted a fundraising event for the president – and the company provides cloud infrastructure to online companies, including video services.