Microsoft has not indicated what changes have been made to the proposed service. However, today’s announcement from Microsoft follows a report this weekend from the China Morning Post that ByteDance was unwilling to sell its highly effective algorithm to a US buyer. To convince users of the service, an American buyer would have had to rewrite the underlying code that was so important to the success of the service. According to the report, ByteDance briefed both US officials and potential buyers of its decision.
For its part, Oracle has not said how TikTok might fit into its existing strategy or what its plans for the service’s U.S. business might look like.
Engadget asked ByteDance and Microsoft for a comment. We will update our story when we hear something.
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