China's ByteDance seeks $60 billion TikTok valuation in US deal, report says

WION Web Team Washington, DC, United States of America Sep 20, 2020, 02.43 PM(IST)

China and US flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration Photograph:( Reuters )

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US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he supported a deal in principle would allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States.

China's ByteDance Ltd is seeking a valuation of $60 billion for TikTok as Oracle Corp and Walmart Inc take stakes in the short-video app's business to address US security concerns.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he supported a deal in principle would allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, even as it appeared to conflict with his earlier executive order for China's ByteDance to divest the video app.

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According to a report published by Bloomberg News on Sunday, Oracle will take a 12.5% stake in TikTok Global and store all its user data in its cloud to comply with US national security requirements. 

Retail giant Walmart said it would take a 7.5% stake.

The two companies would pay a combined $12 billion for their stakes if they agree to a $60 billion asking price, Bloomberg reported.

The final valuation had not been set as the companies worked out the equity structure and measures for data security.

ByteDance was racing to avoid a crackdown on TikTok after the US Commerce Department said on Friday that it would block new downloads and updates to the app from Sunday.

US officials had expressed concern that the personal data of as many as 100 million Americans that use the app were being passed on to China's Communist Party government.

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