Bill Gates Calls Microsoft's Acquisition Of Tik Tok A Poisoned Chalice


The founder of Microsoft expressed in an interview his fears about the high-risk takeover of the social network.


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Just a few days ago it was announced that Microsoft has started discussions with ByteDance, the publisher behind TikTok, about a takeover of its US activities.

 
A takeover that Donald Trump has been watching very closely.

The news had made a lot of noise when US President Donald Trump threatened to ban the teenagers' favourite socialnetwork from the US, which he presents without evidence as a spy tool in the pay of the Chinese government.

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On paper, this takeover has several advantages. For Microsoft, it is an opportunity to calm the tempest of the stormy head of state, who would win a victory in his trade war with China, but also for Microsoft the advantage of returning to the social networking market, a turn that the company completely missed in the early 2010.


Yet the conditions of this operation worry Bill Gates, Microsoft's co-founder, who, although he no longer holds a decision-making position at the publisher, keeps the ear of its leaders as a "technical advisor".



Bill Gates sees more downside than upside for Microsoft

The former CEO of the group considers this to be a "poisoned chalice". "Who knows what will happen with this deal," he continues, explaining that the demands of Donald Trump, who wants the US Treasury to recover a large part of the billions of dollars paid to ByteDance, reinforce the strangeness of the operation.


Gates is also wary of Trump's desire to reduce Facebook's monopoly by muzzling its most dangerous rival. In the end, he considers that "the fact that Trump kills the only competitor is quite bizarre". "In any case, Microsoft will have to deal with all this," he adds.

The businessman is finally worried about Microsoft's arrival in the world of social networks "which is not a simple game". Bill Gates refers to content moderation, a highly sensitive issue that Microsoft will have to address if the takeover of TikTok goes through.


Microsoft and ByteDance have until September 15 to reach an agreement. To put pressure on the two companies, the president of the United States has already signed a decree banning TikTokbut also WeChat from US territory after this date.






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