TikTok confirms proposed deal with Oracle, Walmart as U.S. delays app store ban by one week
Updated 20:08, 20-Sep-2020

TikTok on Saturday confirmed that it has reached a proposed deal with U.S. companies Oracle and Walmart. 

"We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the U.S. administration and settle questions around TikTok's future in the U.S.," the company said in a statement. 

Oracle will become TikTok's technology provider and it's also working with Walmart on a commercial partnership, the statement said.

TikTok's statement. /TikTok Twitter

TikTok's statement. /TikTok Twitter

Meanwhile, both companies, according to the statement, will take part in the pre-IPO financing round for TikTok's new U.S.-headquartered company and take up to a 20-percent cumulative stake in it.

"We will also maintain and expand TikTok Global headquarters in the U.S., while bringing 25,000 jobs across the country," the company stated, noting that, "Our team works tirelessly to provide a safe and inclusive platform and we're thrilled that we will be able to continue serving our amazingly diverse and creative community."

Shortly after TikTok confirmed the deal, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced an order to delay TikTok's U.S. app store ban by a week until September 27.

The order said the decision was taken "in light of recent positive developments," and at U.S. President Donald Trump's direction the ban will be postponed until 11:59 p.m. September 27. 

Trump on Saturday told reporters at the White House he backs the deal with TikTok owner ByteDance, Oracle and Walmart. "I have given the deal my blessing," Trump said. "I approve the deal in concept," he said, according to a Reuters report.

Trump also said there would be a five-billion-U.S.-dollar education fund as part of the deal, but ByteDance on Sunday morning posted on social media that it was the first time the company had heard about such a fund.

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday issued an order banning U.S. transactions with TikTok and Chinese messaging app WeChat starting Sunday.

TikTok later replied that it disagreed with the decision and will continue to advance proceedings against Trump's executive order.

According to preliminary estimates from Sensor Tower tracking mobile apps, U.S. users have rushed to download the popular app, with TikTok downloads rising 12 percent to 247,000 in the U.S. on Friday compared to the previous day. 

WeChat developer Tencent on Saturday called the U.S. ban "unfortunate," saying the company will continue discussions with the U.S. government for a long-term solution. 

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