TikTok: Twitter in talks for potential combination

TikTok: Twitter in talks for potential combination

Microsoft has so far been the only company to publicly announce that it is holding discussions to purchase the U.S. operations of TikTok. However, Twitter could add to the list of companies pursuing the Chinese music-video sharing app.

The Wall Street Journal reported (via Business Insider) that Twitter has held initial discussions on a potential “combination” with TikTok. The paper, citing sources privy to the matter, said the deal would involve TikTok’s operations in the U.S., although it’s not clear whether it comes in the form of an acquisition and how much money is involved.

Both TikTok and Twitter remain silent on the report. The latest turn of events comes after President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order banning TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance (along with Tencent Holdings), from making transactions in the U.S. beginning September 20.

The U.S. government is concerned that apps developed by Chinese companies pose a threat to the country’s national security; foreign policy; as well as economy. President Trump wants ByteDance to sell TikTok to a U.S. company; if it wants the platform to continue operating in the country.

Surprised by Trump’s order, TikTok threatened to take legal actions.

Meanwhile, Twitter users in Nigeria are up in arms over an offensive post.

The hashtag #JusticeForKiddWaya is currently trending on the social media platform, Twitter after housemate; KiddWaya was called a ‘flirt’ and a ‘woman abuser’ on Africa Magic’s official page.

During the early hours of Sunday, August 9; an article titled Day 20: Why love hates Laycon was published on the official site of Africa Magic. The article was pertaining to the love conundrum among Lockdown housemates, Laycon; his love interest, Erica and her in-house lover, KiddWaya.

KiddWaya and Erica have established what could be described one of the most beloved relationships in the ongoing competition. Meanwhile, Laycon has also openly declared his affection for Erica. But she has since dashed his hope of both of them ever being together.

About The Author

Kingsley Alaribe is a Digital Marketer with 1stNews, and writes the weekly column, Strangers and Lovers. He is also a Data Scientist. Email: [email protected]

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