After Microsoft’s offer this weekend by TikTok’s parent company ByteDance to buy the social network specializing in instant video for mobile devices, Oracle caught the eye. The latter becomes the platform’s privileged technical partner for its American activities.
The takeover of the American activities of TikTok is imminent. While Twitter, Netflix or even Walmart had shown in the last few weeks that they were keen to reach the American branch of the social network, which specializes in instant video on mobile devices, a game between Microsoft and Oracle had come about. Unexpectedly, Larry Ellison’s company entered the battle and won a decisive round. This weekend Microsoft actually announced that Byte Dance, the owner of TikTok, had not selected it to buy its social network’s American activities. “We believe our proposal would have been good for TikTok users while safeguarding national security interests,” said a statement that stated that if it won, the publisher would have made “significant changes” in Regarding had planned security, privacy, online security and misinformation.
At the same time, a source familiar with the matter reported by the Wall Street Journal stated that Oracle became TikTok’s “trusted technical partner” in the US. If a firm and definitive takeover has not been specifically announced for the time being, it is because that rapprochement seems far from obvious behind the scenes. According to the South China Morning Post, the acquisition discussions ended the sale or transfer of the algorithm embedded in TikTok. ” ” Society [ByteDance] won’t distribute source code to a US buyer, but TikTok’s tech team in the US could develop a new algorithm, “the source said, adding a metaphor,” The car can be sold but the engine cannot. “”
According to Zoom, Oracle’s cloud infrastructure behind TikTok
Patrick Moorhead, President and Senior Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy, tweeted about the merger: “Why an Oracle TikTok deal would make sense: TikTok needs a trusted US data partner. Oracle knows how to protect and manage data. Oracle needs to move up to the cloud, and TikTok is mega-scale. When you add the zoom scale you are at the top of the game. “
The decision to sell TikTok’s US operations was made by a presidential decree of US President Donald Trump, which set a period of 90 days to come into effect solely with potential buyers, even Americans. Oracle’s founder does not hide his close relationship with Donald Trump and is one of the few Silicon Valley leaders to have endorsed him.