ByteDance kicks ball into Trump’s court by rejecting Microsoft and picking Oracle to partner with TikTok in the US



a man standing in front of a building: The TikTok logo is displayed in front of the short video-sharing app operator’s office in Culver City, California, on August 27. Photo: Agence France-Presse


The TikTok logo is displayed in front of the short video-sharing app operator’s office in Culver City, California, on August 27. Photo: Agence France-Presse

Oracle Corp has won the race to secure TikTok’s American operations, according to multiple reports citing people familiar with the talks, after main rival Microsoft Corp said its offer for the video app had been rejected.

ByteDance’s reported acceptance of Oracle as the operator of TikTok in the US is the culmination of an intensive power play by a number of heavyweight technology companies and their investment backers, the White House and Beijing over the past few weeks.

But the future in the US for the video-sharing app, which has been a viral hit among youngsters globally, remains unclear until it is known for certain that the proposed ByteDance-Oracle partnership will persuade the Trump administration to drop its ban, according to analysts and experts.

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