Microsoft is Not Buying TikTok


While the deadline of September 15th was quickly approaching and all eyes have been on the future of TikTok, Microsoft has announced this evening that they will not be buying the company or any part of the company.

Microsoft released the following statement regarding the acquisition:

ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft. We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests. To do this, we would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combatting disinformation, and we made these principles clear in our August statement. We look forward to seeing how the service evolves in these important areas.

While the acquisition by Microsoft was always a questionable venture for the firm, the underlying reason was likely related to moving the service to Azure and likely having access to the data generated by the millions of videos on the platform.

But owning TikTok would also open up the company to scrutiny that it has previously avoided; censorship by social media companies. Even though Microsoft does own LinkedIn, that platform is typically not used for political purposes. TikTok, on the other hand, would have put the company into the crosshairs of that conversation.

None of this matters, at least for now, as Microsoft will not be buying the company or any part of it.

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  • Daishi

    Premium Member
    13 September, 2020 - 7:39 pm

    <p><span style="color: rgb(66, 66, 66);">Well thank goodness for that. It’s just a shame that the statement wasn’t "we’re not buying TikTok because we realised what a stupid idea that was". But at least the result is the same.</span></p>

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    13 September, 2020 - 8:01 pm

    <p>Good. I can't really say anything else other than that.</p><p><br></p><p>Good.</p>

  • codymesh

    13 September, 2020 - 8:17 pm

    <p>bullet dodged.</p><p><br></p><p>satya temporarily delays embarrassment to his legacy.</p>

    • bart

      Premium Member
      14 September, 2020 - 12:41 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#574424">In reply to codymesh:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yeah, Microsoft is a real sh*t show right now…. ?</p>

      • navarac

        14 September, 2020 - 6:22 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#574468">In reply to Bart:</a></em></blockquote><p>????</p>

        • paradyne

          14 September, 2020 - 6:36 am

          <blockquote><em><a href="#574483">In reply to navarac:</a></em></blockquote><p>They don't have sarcasm on your planet?</p>

  • brettscoast

    Premium Member
    13 September, 2020 - 8:28 pm

    <p>A wise decision which will be borne out as time goes by.</p>

  • christianwilson

    Premium Member
    13 September, 2020 - 9:25 pm

    <p>And there was much rejoicing.</p>

  • sherlockholmes

    Premium Member
    13 September, 2020 - 10:17 pm

    <p>So sad that TikTok Weekly is over now 😉 </p>

  • max daru

    Premium Member
    13 September, 2020 - 11:05 pm

    <p>Sometimes the best deal is the deal you don't make. Put this lost bid in same category as Yahoo! not acquired for $42B.</p>

  • anoldamigauser

    Premium Member
    13 September, 2020 - 11:13 pm

    <p>So Oracle will get TikTok…couldn't happen to a nicer company. </p>

  • jfgordon

    14 September, 2020 - 3:57 am

    <p>Phew!</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    14 September, 2020 - 4:24 am

    <p>It looks like Oracle have "won" the poisoned chalice… They will "partner" with Tik Tok for the US operation, hosting it in their cloud.</p>

  • brettscoast

    Premium Member
    14 September, 2020 - 8:04 am

    <p>Phew that was close!!!!</p>

  • crunchyfrog

    Premium Member
    14 September, 2020 - 8:36 am

    <p>No love lost here, in the comments. But seriously, could you imagine, "TikTok Powered by Microsoft"? It would have been like the one-legged cat trying to bury his poop on a sheet of ice.</p>

  • mattbg

    Premium Member
    14 September, 2020 - 10:42 am

    <p>One angle I didn't see discussed a whole lot is whether these companies were interested in TikTok because of the potential, through negotiations, to get inroads into Chinese markets as part of a deal. It would make a lot more sense from that perspective, and to the extent Trump has been consistent, he has often mentioned the imbalance between Chinese companies' access to US markets as compared to the opposite.</p>

    • dbonds

      Premium Member
      14 September, 2020 - 10:57 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#574651">In reply to mattbg:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>I believe (although haven't read the details of the "oracle deal" yet) that all the Tiktok related deals only involved spinning off the "western market" to a US based company. The china (and some other areas) presence for tiktok would still be owned by Bytedance, so not sure if there would be "any inroads into Chinese markets" via this deal. Time will tell…</p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      14 September, 2020 - 3:48 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#574651"><em>In reply to mattbg:</em></a><em> </em>TikTok doesn't operate in China. ByteDance has a different application that does the same thing for that market. That was never on the table. </blockquote><p><br></p>

  • olditpro2000

    Premium Member
    14 September, 2020 - 12:53 pm

    <p>Good.</p>

  • waethorn

    14 September, 2020 - 1:24 pm

    <p>Maybe they can hire back the software QA people they laid off, no? Okay, then.</p>

  • SvenJ

    Premium Member
    14 September, 2020 - 3:51 pm

    <p>The question is still, will the partner arrangement appease the deal maker in chief? </p>

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