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Microsoft Says ByteDance Rejected Its Bid for TikTok in the U.S.

Sept. 13, 2020, 11:24 PM

Microsoft Corp. said its bid for TikTok’s U.S. operations was rejected by ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese parent of the video-sharing social site.

“ByteDance let us know today they would not be selling TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft,” Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft said in a statement. “We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests.”

Microsoft, which was working with Walmart Inc., had been seen as the more likely winner earlier in the process, but its talks have cooled, a person with knowledge of the matter said earlier today. Microsoft hadn’t been asked to ...