Tik Tok’s new headquarters could potentially move to the Lone Star StateSeptember 21, 2020
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Last week, the White House made the decision to ban Chinese-owned apps Tik Tok and WeChat from U.S. app stores. As of yesterday, the apps are no longer available for download.
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The apps were being removed due to security concerns related to user data and propaganda. According to Zak Doffman at Forbes, in recent weeks reports have emerged suggesting that TikTok is “Chinese spyware,” alleging that the app steals data from users’ devices and sends it to China.
While those claims haven’t been proven to be true, TikTok does occasionally release software with security vulnerabilities that need to be fixed.
President Trump told reporters Saturday said a new deal currently being brokered would result in a new company called TikTok Global that will likely be based in Texas.
The proposed deal is between U.S.-based tech company Oracle and Walmart for the U.S. operations of TikTok.
“If they get it done, that’s great,” Trump told reporters. “If they don’t, that’s OK, too.”
“We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle, and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the U.S. Administration and settle questions around TikTok’s future in the U.S.,” TikTok said in a statement.
The news of the new Tik Tok headquarters moving down south comes after Governor Greg Abbott tweeted Saturday that he pitched Trump on moving the TikTok headquarters to the Lone Star state.
In the tweet he says, “Today I talked to @realDonaldTrump about the @tiktok_us deal,” Abbott tweeted. “I let him know that if he approves the deal Texas would be the perfect place for the HQ. We’ll see.”
According to Trump, the Texas location would potentially hire 25,000 employees.
Where in Texas the headquarters would be located is yet to be announced, but it would be pretty cool to see a Tik Tok building here in Houston. Where should it go? Now that’s the question.