The race to buy the U.S. side of TikTok before the app is banned in the states has an interesting new competitor: Twitter.
Reuters reported on Saturday that the popular microblogging platform has spoken to TikTok’s parent company ByteDance about a possible sale. ByteDance has 43 days to agree to sell the U.S. arm of its massive video creation and sharing app before president Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning its use in the U.S. kicks in.
Twitter declined to comment on the report.
The problem for Twitter, according to Reuters, will be money. Without getting too in the weeds, Twitter is not worth nearly as much as Microsoft, the prohibitive favorite to acquire the stateside operations of TikTok at the moment. If Twitter wants to outbid the company behind Windows, Office, and Xbox, it needs to shore up support from financial partners before the Sept. 15 deadline.
Unlike all the other social media platforms, many will come and go. They are all classified as flavour of the year. Many people get bored and move on to something different. Even Facebook will eventually die out, just like AOL, ICQ and Yahoo Messenger did.