Following President Trump's recent announcement that social media platform TikTok will have to close down U.S. operations by September 15 due to its affiliation with the Chinese communist government, Twitter has reportedly expressed interest in merging with the company.
The president had previously blasted TikTok, forbidding any American company from doing business with them.
"TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories," Trump wrote in the executive order banning the app. "This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans' personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage."
It was not immediately clear how a merger with Twitter would affect the efficacy of the TikTok ban.
? Microsoft has also been in talks with the video-sharing platform.