Oracle has spent years pushing to curtail the power of Silicon Valley’s social media giants. Now a pending deal with TikTok may force the cloud computing company to face the same tough critiques over how it protects users and polices content.
Oracle confirmed Monday that it was chosen to serve as a U.S. technology partner for TikTok, whose Chinese parent-company ByteDance has faced pressure from the Trump administration to sell off the popular video-sharing app over national security concerns. It beat out rival Microsoft and outlasted other suitors such as Google for the prize.
While the exact structure or value of the deal remain unclear, one thing is not: it’s poised to plunge one of the tech industry’s under-the-radar power players deeper than ever before into policy disputes in Washington over data privacy, content moderation and national security.
TikTok has faced rising scrutiny from officials in Washington over its efforts