Chinese government puts restrictions on TikTok sale ordered by Trump

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The Trump administration has threatened to ban TikTok by mid-September and ordered ByteDance to sell its U.S. TikTok denies it is a national-security risk and is suing to stop the administration from the threatened ban.Prospective buyers for U.S. and China,” said ByteDance General Counsel Erich Andersen.The Chinese government’s new restrictions may be a “tactic to drive up valuation” of TikTok, RBC Capital Markets analyst Alex Zukin told the Associated Press. China on Friday introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology, seemingly including the type that TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. “With TikTok’s key algorithm at play, ByteDance/TikTok will likely now need to go through a licensing procedure around the need to transfer software code from China to the US,” he noted. The government worries about user data being funneled to Chinese authorities. operations, but has faced resistance from bidders. Still, Zukin expects a deal announcement “relatively soon,” according to the AP. TikTok assets include Microsoft and Walmart and, reportedly, Oracle. That means TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance, would have to obtain a license to export any restricted technologies to a foreign company.”This is clearly directed at slowing down ByteDance’s deal negotiations in this game of high stakes poker,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a research note. Oracle has declined to comment.On Saturday, Chinese state-owned media outlet Xinhua News Agency quoted government trade adviser and professor Cui Fan, who said that ByteDance should consider whether it should halt negotiations to sell TikTok in the U.S. The Journal said in a Sunday story that deal talks had “slowed.”Microsoft and Walmart declined to comment on Monday to the AP. Chinese government puts restrictions on TikTok sale ordered by Trump

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Microsoft in talks to purchase TikTok

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The Chinese government is complicating the U.S.-government-ordered sale of U.S. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that ByteDance was asking for $30 billion for the U.S. Trending News

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