Microsoft’s TikTok deal a ‘poisoned chalice’: Bill Gates


San Francisco, August 9

As Microsoft pursues talks to buy the US enterprise of TikTok, Bill Gates has termed the potential deal between the 2 firms a poisoned chalice.

In an interview with the Wired, revealed on Saturday, the Microsoft co-founder mentioned being a prime participant within the social media enterprise was not a easy job.

“Who knows what’s going to happen with that deal. But yes, it’s a poison chalice,” the billionaire philanthropist was quoted as saying within the interview.

When requested if he’s cautious of Microsoft entering into the social media sport, Gates urged that the software program large’s entry would give Facebook extra competitors which was “probably a good thing”.

Reacting to a query on US President Donald Trump’s demand that the nation ought to get a big proportion of the proceeds if a part of the quick video-sharing platform TikTok’s enterprise is purchased by an American agency, Gates mentioned the way in which issues have been continuing was fairly unusual and the minimize factor was “doubly strange”.

“Anyway, Microsoft will have to deal with all of that,” he was quoted as saying.

Trump earlier set a deadline round September 15 for Microsoft to shut the cope with TikTok that it was pursuing.

The US President adopted it up with an govt order on August 6, prohibiting US companies from doing transactions with TikTok after September 20.

A “shocked” TikTok, on August 7, threatened authorized motion towards the chief order.

“We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and our users are treated fairly — if not by the administration, then by the US courts,” TikTok had mentioned within the assertion. IANS



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