Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the government will shut down the TikTok app if its presumptive lead strategic investor, Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), does not enact stricter standards for the video-sharing app’s security.
One of the key demands from the government is that the code for the app is held within our borders. “All of the code will have to be in the United States. Oracle will be responsible for rebuilding the code, sanitizing the code, making sure it’s safe in their cloud, and … it’ll satisfy all of our requirements,” said Mnuchin in remarks made during a CNBC investor conference.
Under pressure from U.S. authorities to divest TikTok, the app’s owner — China-based ByteDance — reached a deal earlier this month for Oracle to buy a 12.5% stake in the business. Walmart (NYSE:WMT) will subsequently purchase a 7.5% TikTok stake.
Those holdings, combined with the 40% of ByteDance owned