- Amid President Donald Trump’s threats to ban TikTok, or force it to sell its US operations, Twitter was reported to be in talks with the video-sharing app Saturday night.
- The Wall Street Journal reported that a potential deal, if it materializes, could involve TikTok’s US operations.
- Both Twitter and TikTok declined to comment on the report to Business Insider.
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Another tech giant was reported to be on TikTok’s dance card Saturday night — Twitter.
The Wall Street Journal’s Georgia Wells and Cara Lombardo reported the two popular apps are in “preliminary” talks for a possible combination. “People familiar with the matter” told the paper that a deal, which it said Twitter may not end up pursuing, would involve TikTok’s US operations.
Twitter declined to comment on the report to Business Insider. TikTok’s head of corporate communications Josh Gartner said, “We don’t comment on market rumors.”
President Donald Trump has been harping on the popular video-sharing app to ditch its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, citing security concerns. Last week, Trump said he would “ban” the app, which he can’t exactly do, if ByteDance doesn’t sell.
It’s unclear what a Twitter-TikTok deal could look like, how much it could cost, or how Twitter could pay for it. The WSJ pointed out that Twitter’s market cap is about $29 billion, while Microsoft’s exceeds $1.6 trillion.
“Because it is much smaller, Twitter has reasoned that it would be unlikely to face the same level of antitrust scrutiny as Microsoft or other potential bidders, said people familiar with the discussions,” Wells and Lombardo wrote.
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