Former President Donald Trump’s Push For Microsoft To Buy TikTok Was One Of The “Weirdest Thing”[s]That’s what chief executive Satya Nadella has ever done, the executive has said.
The Trump administration made several attempts to ban the short-form video app under vague claims of national security in relation to the Chinese government, but each time failed for legal reasons.
TikTok denied the allegations, but through a series of bizarre events ended up being bought by Microsoft, then a combination of Microsoft and Walmart, and then eventually database software giant Oracle. In June 2021, President Biden rescinded the order that would have banned the app.
Speaking at the Code Conference, Mr. Nadella gave more details about the unfortunate chain of events. “TikTok came to us, we didn’t come to TikTok,” he recalls, quoted by ledge, to help with “these safety things”.
President Trump “had a particular vision of what he was trying to do there, and then just gave up,” he continued. “I mean, it was interesting. There was a time when I thought USG [United States Government] There was some particular set of requirements, and then they disappeared.”
Microsoft said in its purchase of TikTok that it would have made “significant changes to ensure that the service meets the highest standards for security, privacy, online security and combating misinformation”. Oracle didn’t promise similar changes, and critics suggested The move was weak if the company did not have control over the code.
Microsoft was in the middle of talks with ByteDance when President Trump said he would ban the app rather than allow it to be sold to the US company, as the report recalls Microsoft President Brad Smith. Engadget, which “disturbed the careful conversation we had with ByteDance”
Mr Nadella says he was “quite interesting” with buying TikTok and described it as “a great asset” because of the “growth and what have you”.
He said that “the rest is history,” but when asked if he would buy TikTok now, if it was available, he declined. “I am happy with what I have at the moment,” said the executive.
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