TikTok rolled back Wednesday at what it called Facebook’s “malignant attacks” as the fast-growing video-sharing app said that it helps compete in the US market.
TikTok ‘s remarks came hours ahead of a highly awaited antitrust hearing with top Facebook executives and three other Major-Tech firms, and in the wake of reports, the app could be barred because of its relations with China.
Chief executive Kevin Mayer said in a blog post that TiKTok welcomes “fair competition”, adding that “American marketers will again be left with few options without TikTok.”
He went on to say,
“Let’s focus our energies on fair and open competition in service of our consumers, rather than maligning attacks by our competitor — namely Facebook — disguised as patriotism and designed to put an end to our very presence in the US.”
The remarks seemed to respond to statements made last year by Facebook CEO that TikTok had blocked details about demonstrations in China, the home of ByteDance parent company TikTok.
According to Mayer, who promised more openness from the App TikTok said,
“We are responsible and committed members of the American community.”
“With our success comes responsibility and accountability. The entire industry has received scrutiny, and rightly so. Yet, we have received even more scrutiny due to the company’s Chinese origins. We accept this and embrace the challenge of giving peace of mind through greater transparency and accountability.”
Mayer said TikTok has set up a disclosure policy and added,
“We believe all companies should disclose their algorithms, moderation policies, and data flows to regulators.”
He reiterated the claims of the company had no links with the Chinese government after TikTok was banned in India and U.S. officials said they were looking into potential measures against it. He concluded by saying,
“We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and have no agenda — our only objective is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform for everyone to enjoy. TikTok has become the latest target, but we are not the enemy.”