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Microsoft reportedly considered acquiring Pinterest

It follows the software giant looking into buying TikTok last year.

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Microsoft looked into buying image-sharing social media site Pinterest in the last few months, the Financial Times reported Thursday. However, talks about a possible acquisition have apparently stalled.

It's the latest hint that Microsoft wants to acquire a social media platform, after looking at taking over the US side of Chinese video-sharing app TikTok last year. The company already owns professional networking site LinkedIn, and CEO Satya Nadella expressed interest in running a social network under Microsoft's tenets of protecting privacy, ensuring internet safety and stopping disinformation earlier this week.

Such an acquisition would also give Microsoft a chance to apply its Azure cloud platform on a large scale, the Financial Times noted. Last week, Pinterest reported having 459 million monthly users -- a jump of 37% compared to this time last year.

Microsoft declined to comment on the report, while Pinterest didn't respond to a request for comment.

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