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TikTok denies US accusations of ties to Chinese government

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

18th Aug, 2020. 09:25 am
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Chinese video-sharing app TikTok has denied rumours linking up to the Chinese government calling the US accusations as ‘rumours and misinformation’.

TikTok launched an online information hub as its Chinese parent firm faced a deadline set by President Donald Trump to divest TikTok before the app is banned in the United States.

On a web page titled “The Last Sunny Corner of the Internet,” TikTok maintained it was setting the record straight about the platform.

“TikTok has never provided any US user data to the Chinese government, nor would it do so if asked,” the company said in the post.

“Any insinuation to the contrary is unfounded and blatantly false.”

According to TikTok, US user data is stored here, with a backup in Singapore.

The company, owned by China-based ByteDance, also launched a new Twitter account to address issues in real-time.

Trump has claimed TikTok could be used by China to track the locations of federal employees and conduct corporate espionage.

The US leader early this month also ordered a ban on the messaging app WeChat which is used extensively in China.

Earlier, President Donald Trump had targeted ByteDance with a new executive order ordering it to sell the US operations of its video-sharing app TikTok within 90 days.

Trump, last week, issued restrictions that TikTok and WeChat will end all operations in the US, his move aimed to counter China’s rising global power.

ByteDance bought karaoke video app Musical.y from a Chinese rival about three years ago in a deal valued at nearly a billion dollars. It later incorporated into TikTok, which turned out to be global popularity.

Trump’s order contends there is “credible evidence” leading him to believe that ByteDance’s take-over of ‘threatens to impair the national security of the United States.’

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