It looks like the massively-popular video-sharing app TikTok might not be banned in the United States after all. Microsoft is currently in serious discussions to purchase the app from parent company ByteDance and will make a final decision by 15 September 2020, which they announced on the official website.
US President Donald Trump previously announced his plans to ban TikTok in the country due to the ‘security concerns’ posed by the app. If this deal by Microsoft and ByteDance officially happens, it could spell good news for TikTok’s continued presence in the US.
Microsoft said that they could ensure that “all private data of TikTok’s American users are transferred to and remains in the United States” and that “this data is deleted from servers outside the country after it is transferred”.
With Mixer recently shutting down and the company pushing to next-gen with the Xbox Series X, it will be interesting to see what Microsoft plans to do with TikTok (if they do decide to purchase it). Maybe TikTok can replace Mixer, though it’s not exactly meant for long streaming sessions, seeing as it’s closer to previously-seen apps like Vine and such.
Perhaps Microsoft could integrate TikTok into Xbox, especially to work with the Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud (somehow). It’s unclear what this all could mean, but at least TikTok won’t be gone from one of its biggest markets if the deal ultimately goes through.