BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates called the company’s possible acquisition of the overseas version of TikTok a “golden glass of poison” (meaning something seems tempting but actually harmful), and seems to be at least some Microsoft employees who agree with Gates.
Microsoft employees shared their concerns about the TikTok deal on Yammer, the company’s internal social networking site, particularly in a group called Contact CEOs. According to Microsoft, the “contact CEO” is designed to “enable employees to ask questions about Nadella and his team and discuss matters related to the company.”
“Microsoft should buy TikTok?” on Yammer’ previous book, “Microsoft should buy TikTok?” In the survey, 63 percent of the 250 respondents gave a negative answer, 19 percent said “uncertain” and 18 percent gave a positive answer. Of course, only a small fraction of the 250 employees surveyed were compared with Microsoft’s more than 150,000 employees, but the survey revealed at least some of the company’s attitudes toward selling the TikTok deal.
“Especially since Nadella became CEO, I am proud to be part of the Microsoft family,” a Microsoft employee said in a comment on Yammer. It is the first time in a long time that the company is questioning the correctness of the measures taken. “
The employees referred to a statement by U.S. President Donald Trump that Microsoft and TikTok struck a deal from which the U.S. Treasury Department should draw. The employee called the idea a “bribe” and noted that even if Microsoft were willing to buy TikTok, it would create misunderstandings among customers and employees that cast doubt on the company’s integrity.
Other employees expressed similar views. “From any angle, this transaction is unethical,” one employee wrote in a comment. Even Microsoft’s consideration of getting involved is unthinkable. “
Another employee said, “The U.S. government’s imposition of TikTok to sell part of its business would be detrimental to the company’s image, and we should abandon the deal.” “