Microsoft CEO called Trump’s Tiktok deal “the strangest thing”

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks at a Microsoft press conference in New York on October 26, 2016.

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Microsoft’s The CEO’s failure to take over TikTok’s U.S. business last year was “the strangest thing I have ever done” Satya Nadella Said Monday.

Last August, TikTok was negotiating to sell its US business because the Trump administration threatened to ban the app unless the parent company ByteDance found a US buyer for it.

At one point, Microsoft was one of the potential acquirers, but it withdrew in September 2020, when Oracle was Choose to provide cloud server For applications.

“First of all, you must remember that TikTok came to us, we did not go to TikTok,” Nadella said at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, California. “TikTok is caught between the many problems they have encountered in the two capitals. They want to cooperate.”

Nadella said that TikTok initially wanted a cloud provider that could also provide security services.

“But I am very interested,” he said. “And obviously, we can say that this is a great property.”

TikTok’s US business has never been sold. In June, President Joe Biden Sign executive orders Revoke The Trump administration’s order to ban the app.

Nadella said that the U.S. government seems to have finally lost interest in promoting the deal.

Nadella said: “President Trump, I think he has a certain special view on what he is trying to accomplish there.” “Then I got off the car. It was very interesting. For a while I felt that USG had something special Requirements, and then they disappeared.”

Nadella said that Microsoft has the ability to acquire TikTok or cooperate with TikTok. Report Earlier this week, it had 1 billion monthly users worldwide.

He said that Microsoft has a cloud platform, security technology and “engineers who can take over the code base.”

In addition, Microsoft’s ability to manage content on social media and protect children’s safety has also attracted TikTok’s parent company.

“You’d better know something about running social media, we know this through Xbox Live or LinkedIn,” Nadella said.

Nadella declined to say whether he still wants to buy the app, saying that he is “satisfied with what I have.” But he admitted that the deal is very attractive to Microsoft due to TikTok’s technical design.

“This is an interesting product,” Nadella said.

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