Who’d have thought it: untangling a company from its parent corporation takes time. Reuters is reporting that if Microsoft wants to buy TikTok within President Trump’s 45-day deadline, it will surely have to negotiate more time to actually separate the social app from ByteDance.
“A technically complex endeavor that could test the patience of President Donald Trump’s administration,” in its words. This task is about technological separation – from TikTok’s server code to the data powering its recommendation algorithm – as well as (if Microsoft only buys TikTok in the US, Canada and Australasia as it announced) geographical separation outside China.
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