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TikTok to open first European data centre in Ireland

FILE PHOTO: Tik Tok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Popular short-video app TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, said on Thursday it plans to open its first European data centre in Ireland with an investment of about 420 million euros ($499 million).

Under fire from U.S. President Donald Trump over national security risks, TikTok is in talks with Microsoft about selling its U.S. operations. Trump said he will ban the service in the United States on Sept. 15 if there was no sale.

The data centre in Ireland will create hundreds of new jobs, enable faster loading time and safely store European user data, Roland Cloutier, global chief information security officer of TikTok, wrote in a blog post here

“This data centre signals our long-term commitment to Ireland and we expect the

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Australian PM says no evidence to suggest TikTok should be banned

FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with the TikTok logo displayed in this picture illustration taken Nov. 7, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Australia has found no evidence showing it should restrict the popular short-video app TikTok, the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to ban the Chinese-owned app.

“We’ll obviously keep watching them, but there’s no evidence to suggest to us today that that is a step that is necessary,” Morrison told the Aspen Security Forum, which was held virtually via Zoom, on Tuesday.

Morrison said last month that his government was looking at TikTok, which has also fallen under U.S. scrutiny. U.S. officials have said TikTok poses a national risk because of the personal data it handles.

“There’s plenty of things on TikTok that are embarrassing enough in public,” Morrison joked.

Trump has said he would

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White House says unclear whether U.S. govt will get cut of TikTok sale

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials on Tuesday could not say how the U.S. government would receive a portion of the proceeds from any sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations, one day after President Donald Trump called for a cut of the money.

“There’s no specific blueprint here,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Fox Business Network on Tuesday.

“It may be that the president was thinking, because the Treasury has had to do so much work on this, there are a lot of options here. I’m not sure it’s a specific concept that will be followed through … Regarding fees or anything like that, all that remains to be seen,” Kudlow said.

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, speaking to reporters at a separate briefing, also gave no other details and said she did not want to get ahead of Trump on the issue. She reiterated that the United

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White House says unclear whether U.S. government will get cut of TikTok sale

FILE PHOTO: China and U.S. flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration picture taken July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – White House officials on Tuesday could not say how the U.S. government would receive a portion of the proceeds from any sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations, one day after President Donald Trump called for a cut of the money.

“There’s no specific blueprint here,” White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Fox Business Network on Tuesday. “It may be that the president was thinking, because the Treasury has had to do so much work on this, there are a lot of options here. I’m not sure it’s a specific concept that will be followed through….Regarding fees or anything like that, all that remains to be seen.”

White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany, speaking to reporters at a separate briefing, also gave no other details

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