Plot twists in the TikTok saga continue to emerge daily, with a proposed deal to secure the future of the video-sharing platform in the United States now in doubt.
Under the deal – which United States President Donald Trump initially approved but now may not – US computer tech firm Oracle and retailer Walmart proposed a joint venture called TikTok Global, which would see customer data move to US-controlled infrastructure.
This venture would have allowed TikTok to continue operating in the US. Trump had earlier ordered TikTok to be removed from mobile app stores but enforcement of the order could be delayed if the Oracle-Walmart deal goes ahead.
Questions remain: what difference will this deal (if approved) make to the TikTok service. How will it affect the security concerns for governments (and users) in the US and Australia? And is this just political posturing with the…