Congress Issues Ultimatum To TikTok: Divest Or Depart, But Someone Has Offered Them A Lifeline...

By Maria Angelino | Wednesday, 13 March 2024 04:10 PM
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As the potential ban of TikTok in the United States looms, Rumble, a Florida-based free speech video-sharing platform, has extended an olive branch to the beleaguered social media giant.

In an open letter to TikTok, Rumble has offered to join a consortium of parties interested in acquiring and operating TikTok as an American company, should ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, choose to divest its ownership.

The ultimatum issued to ByteDance by Congress is clear: sever ties with the Chinese Communist Party or face expulsion from the United States. The concerns surrounding TikTok's association with the CCP are rooted in fears of data on American citizens, companies, and political leaders being funneled directly to adversaries, thereby posing a national security threat.

Rumble's proposition to TikTok is a strategic move aimed at encouraging the social media platform to distance itself from China. "In the event that ByteDance divests its ownership in TikTok, Rumble is ready to join a consortium with other parties seeking to acquire and operate TikTok inside the United States. Specifically, we are ready to serve as a cloud technology partner," the open letter stated.

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TikTok's popularity is unparalleled, with a diverse user base spanning various ages, races, religions, and political affiliations. Despite the widespread belief to the contrary, the platform is also utilized by many conservative influencers. TikTok's influence on the tech landscape is undeniable, with other content platforms scrambling to emulate its success. However, none have managed to replicate TikTok's triumph.

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The acquisition of ByteDance by Rumble could potentially be a game-changer. As pointed out by former President Donald Trump, the disappearance of TikTok would be a boon for Silicon Valley CEOs, granting them unchallenged control over the content landscape.

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Transforming TikTok into a free speech platform could effectively turn it into a counter-narrative powerhouse, challenging the narratives enforced by California tech companies and Democrat politicians. In essence, TikTok could transition from being perceived as a Chinese adversary to an American champion.

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However, it remains unclear who the other "parties" referred to by Rumble's CEO, Chris Pavlovski, are. Speculation is rife about the involvement of Yass company, which owns a 15 percent stake in ByteDance. Despite recent meetings with Trump, Jeff Yass, the owner of Yass company, denies having discussed this issue.

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There seems to be a shift in the Republican stance towards TikTok, with figures like Kelley Ann Conway and Vivek Ramaswamy appearing to defend the company. With Rumble's offer on the table, it appears that Republicans are gearing up for significant moves on the social front. Acquiring TikTok could potentially be a game-changing move with cultural implications akin to, if not more powerful than, Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter.

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However, these developments are still in the realm of speculation. What is clear, though, is that the transformation of TikTok into a U.S. company aligned with free-speech businesses would be the best possible outcome of this saga.

Handing over the reins of the quick content platform to Facebook and Google would be disastrous. The worst-case scenario for these tech giants would be for TikTok to not only survive the potential ban but also emerge as a free speech company based in America.

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