The Wall Street Journal is reporting that TikTok and Twitter have held talks about a potential merger, even as the video sharing company defends itself against President Donald Trump's pressure to force the sale of the business or potentially ban it. As the internationally distributed video streaming version of Chinese technology developer Bytedance's social media app, TikTok has amassed a global user of avid consumers for its short form videos, including at least 100 million users in the US. According to The Wall Street Journal, Twitter and Bytedance have had preliminary talks about a merger of TikTok's US operations with the publicly traded social media company.
TikTok, the video-sharing app that's moved to the center of the economic conflict between the US and China, is planning to challenge the executive order issued by President Donald Trump that would force the sale or ban the service in the United States. According to a report from National Public Radio yesterday, TikTok could file a federal lawsuit challenging the order as soon as Tuesday. The lawsuit is expected to be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok has its American headquarters.
It comes as US and China’s tech war hit new lows after president Donald Trump banned US companies from doing any transactions with the owners of TikTok and WeChat.