Microsoft, in a bid to boost its business in the Brexit negotiations, has been paying a high-powered PR agency a large sum of money for its work in Britain.
The deal has also led to a major backlash on social media, with many users voicing concerns about the value of their work being handed to a single entity.
In the wake of the British election result, Microsoft has been under intense pressure to disclose how much it has paid to a British firm.
While the firm has said it is “aware of reports that the UK Government has asked us to pay a substantial sum to a PR agency”, the exact amount was not disclosed.
It is unclear what the amount of Microsoft’s pay to the agency is.
The Guardian reports that a spokesperson for Microsoft said the company had “not disclosed the exact sum paid to Microsoft in the event of the UK election result”, but said it was “working with our partners to ensure the company has a clear understanding of its obligations in the U.K. as the UK enters its new Parliament.”
Microsoft paid $100,000 for its ad agency to represent the company in Britain, according to the report.
The contract is worth $8m per year, which means Microsoft could expect to earn about $2.5m from the deal over a five-year period.
The deal has sparked backlash in the tech world.
In addition to the criticism, it has sparked a debate over how much the United Kingdom’s economy could benefit from having an advertising agency.
Microsoft’s share price fell 7% on Monday after the article was published.
Microsoft shares have risen nearly 70% in the past year.