Morning Greatness: Microsoft Wants to Save TikTok from ChoppingBlok

Good Monday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president meets with U.S. Tech Workers and signs an Executive Order on Hiring American
  • President Trump has lunch with the Vice President

Microsoft negotiating to buy TikTok

Popular app TikTok is on the chopping blok here in the U.S. because the app is alleged to be a security threat. The company is owned by China. Is the app really a security threat? I don’t know but I found this interesting/horrifying:

The app, which I don’t use so can’t directly describe, is a social media app where users post cute videos of themselves and pets and whatever our narcissistic culture wants to consume.

“These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States,” Secretary of State Pompeo said, “are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party, their national security apparatus. Could be [users’] facial recognition pattern, it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to. Those are the issues that President Trump’s made clear we’re going to take care of. These are true national security issues.”

“I saw statements from senior American CEOs of the big tech companies this week saying they hadn’t heard or seen about intellectual property theft in the United States. That’s crazy talk,” he said.

Technically TikTok has an American CEO. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro warned against buying into TikTok’s PR spin.

The administration official went on to denounce TikTok’s lobbying efforts, claiming that they “put a puppet” American CEO in charge of the company. Kevin Mayer, a former Disney executive, took over as the organization’s CEO in May.

“They’re going to make it sound like, oh, can’t hurt you, this, that and other thing.  Don’t fall for this. Do not fall for this,” Navarro added.

Now Microsoft is in talks to buy the company.

Microsoft confirmed Sunday it is in talks with Chinese company ByteDance to acquire the U.S. arm of its popular video app TikTok and has discussed with President Donald Trump his concerns about security and censorship surrounding such an acquisition.

In a statement, Microsoft said Microsoft and ByteDance have provided notice of their intent to explore a deal resulting in Microsoft owning and operating the TikTok service in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The company said it expects those talks to conclude by Sept. 15.

“Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President’s concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a complete security review and providing proper economic benefits to the United States, including the United States Treasury,” the Microsoft statement said.

The Trump administration has cracked down on other Chinese technology/telecom providers like Huawei and ZTE as well as ordering the U.S. stop purchasing their equipment for use on U.S. networks.

So 45 more days for TikTok:

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About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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