Microsoft dismisses its team for moral AI
- March 17, 2023
- Posted by: Waqas Ikhlaq
- Category: News
Media reports As Microsoft dismisses its team for moral Al.China’s TikTok is considering separating from parent ByteDance to help address US concerns about national security risks, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, circuiting people familiar with the matter.
TikTok and ByteDance did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
The short-form video app is undergoing a national security review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and it agreed last year to implement a number of measures under the plan, nicknamed “Project Texas”, in an attempt to placate hostile lawmakers.
CFIUS has stalled in its process, leaving TikTok unsure of whether its plans will be sufficient to continue operating in the country, according to the report.
Members of CFIUS from the Justice Department have been unwilling to accept TikTok’s proposal, it added.
TikTok, used by more than 100 million Americans, has come under increasing fire over fears that user data could end up in the hands of the Chinese government, undermining Western security interests. TikTok Chief Executive Shou Zi Chew is due to appear before the U.S. Congress next week. CFIUS, a powerful national security body, had in 2020 unanimously recommended that ByteDance divest TikTok because of fears that user data could be passed on to China’s government.
TikTok and CFIUS have been negotiating for more than two years on data security requirements. TikTok has said it has spent more than $1.5 billion on rigorous data security efforts and rejects spying allegations.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has described the proposed deal to buy TikTok, under pressure from the Trump White House, as “the strangest thing”.
In August 2020, as President Trump threatened to ban TikTok, the Chinese video app’s owner ByteDance approached Microsoft as a possible partner.The plan was to force the sale of the US part of the business over concerns it was a threat to national security.
Ultimately TikTok chose rival Oracle – although that deal also never happened.