Bill Gates first commented on TikTok purchase

Bill Gates described the purchase of TikTok as a “poisoned bowl”, meaning that in the long run it is not known what Microsoft is threatening with this purchase. He also said that “being a major player in the social media business is not an easy task,” as Microsoft will have to face the moderation of large amounts of content and issues related to message encryption.

In late July, Microsoft said it wanted to buy a portion of TikTok’s business. Negotiations will be concluded by September 15, five days before TikTok is banned from making deals with US companies.