NEW YORK | Twitter has, according to the Wall Street Journal, engaged in preliminary discussions for a possible merger with Tiktok, an application that Donald Trump accused of espionage in favour of China and threat of ban in the United States.
Questioned by AFP, Twitter and Tiktok have refused to confirm the information published Saturday night by the financial daily, which cited sources close to the matter.
The american president has signed on Thursday a decree prohibiting, within 45 days, any transaction, “persons under u.s. jurisdiction” with ByteDance, the mother house of TikTok, citing a “national emergency” regarding the application of video light.
In the beginning of the week, Mr. Trump said he was open to redemption of TikTok by an american group before the 15 September, but has warned that the service would be prohibited on the u.s. soil if no transaction took place in the meantime.
The tenant of the White House has also demanded that in the event of redemption, an important part of the sum would accrue to the u.s. Treasury.
Microsoft has demonstrated, last Sunday, his interest for the acquisition of the activities of american, canadian, australian and new zealand TikTok.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter is estimated to incur less risk than Microsoft to be pinning for abuse of a dominant position in this file due to its size significantly lower.
The platform would likely need the support of other investors to carry out an operation of purchase.
In addition, and unlike Microsoft, Twitter is not available in China, where the government blocks access to it since 2009.
Twitter allows you to share videos, but works mainly through the publication of short text messages and pictures or animated images.
Twitter had acquired, in 2012, the platform of very short videos in Vine, but had decided to discontinue the service in 2016.