oracle becoming a trusted tech partner to tiktok accomplishes nothing
After months of insistence that TikTok sever its US operations from Chinese ownership, we’re now settling for a vague partnership between Oracle and the US TikTok operation. It’s still unclear exactly what Oracle’s “trusted tech partner” status entails, but it’s definitively not a sale, and it’s unlikely Oracle is taking over any significant operations from the US TikTok offices. Microsoft’s version of the deal would have severed American TikTok from Europe and Asia entirely, but Oracle’s version of the deal leaves it mostly intact.
Microsoft underlined this point in its official statement announcing it had not been chosen. “We would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combatting misinformation,” the company said in its statement. “We look forward to seeing how the service evolves in these important areas.”
Oracle’s TikTok deal accomplishes nothing
On September 13th, Oracle announced it would be entering into a deal to be TikTok’s "Trusted Tech Partner" for the United States — heading off rumors of a potential sale to Microsoft from TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance. But does the deal address any of the pressing national security concerns about the popular app?