Microsoft is reportedly considering a total buyout of TikTok’s global business from ByteDance. It follows the US tech giant exploring the earlier this week after a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald Trump. Trump has been reportedly considering an order to force the Chinese company to divest ownership of the video app.
Microsoft’s new negotiations, reported Thursday by the Financial Times citing five separate unnamed sources, would see it take over the Indian and European arms of TikTok. But the deal reporttedly wouldn’t include ByteDance’s sister Chinese app Douyin.
Microsoft declined to comment. TikTok didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A source told Business Insider the report was false.
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