- Microsoft is in talks to purchase TikTok, the massively popular video app that’s owned and operated by the Chinese company ByteDance.
- The purchase talks come amid threats from President Donald Trump to ban the app in the United States.
- Trump says the app funnels user information to the Chinese government, and must be operated by an American company to ensure the safety of user information.
- The cost to purchase TikTok could be as high as $50 billion, according to a recent valuation reported by Reuters. Anywhere near that number would make it one of the biggest tech acquisitions of all time.
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Microsoft is in talks to buy wildly popular video sharing platform TikTok from Chinese owner ByteDance, and the deal could go as high as $50 billion — the latest valuation given to TikTok by its investors, according to a recent Reuters report.
That would make it the second-highest tech acquisition price of all time, well above the prices paid in dozens of major acquisitions.
Here’s a look at the history of tech’s most expensive acquisitions, from Apple’s measly $3 billion purchase of Beats all the way to Dell’s notoriously expensive acquisition of EMC Corporation for a whopping $67 billion: