Microsoft is reportedly considering a total buyout of TikTok's global business from China-based ByteDance. It follows the US tech giant exploring the earlier this week after a conversation between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Donald Trump. The president has been reportedly considering an order to force the Chinese company to divest ownership of the video app.
Microsoft's new negotiations, reported Thursday by the Financial Times citing five unnamed sources, could lead to it taking over the Indian and European arms of TikTok. But the deal reportedly wouldn't include ByteDance's sister Chinese app Douyin.
Microsoft declined to comment, while TikTok responded saying it does not comment on rumors and speculation. A source told Business Insider the Financial Times report is false.