By partnering with the popular Chinese videosharing platform TikTok, Oracle will inherit a laundry list of security and privacy issues once the deal is approved, as soon as Sept. 20, by TikTok parent company ByteDance.
TikTok boasts 100 million users in the U.S. and 689 million globally.
Earlier this year President Trump threatened to ban TikTok, which some observers viewed as his way of seeking leverage in ongoing U.S./China trade war tensions. It came as no surprise the president endorsed Oracle (rather than interested suitor Microsoft). Company founder Larry Ellison is a major Trump fundraiser while CEO Safra Catz worked on the 2016 presidential transition team.
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