Bloomberg is reporting that President Donald Trump is planning to order Beijing-based ByteDance to divest ownership of its TikTok social-video app in the US. Trump and other politicians have claimed TikTok may be a conduit for the Chinese government to spy on or meddle with US citizens.
One of the companies said to be kicking the TikTok tires, according to various reports, is Microsoft.
First things first: Microsoft does due diligence on lots and lots of tech properties when they’re for sale or soon to be for sale. That doesn’t mean the Redmondians end up buying many/most of them. See Salesforce, Slack, Yahoo, and more for examples of companies Microsoft allegedly considered but took a pass on.
But before you (like me) immediately dismiss these TikTok rumors as sheer lunacy, it’s worth thinking this through. Even though Microsoft is all about business software and services, there are a couple of