The accusations on TikTok censoring contents on its platform abiding by the Chinese Government’s policies was now defended by the TikTok platform’s owners Bytedance.
The Beijing-based company affirms that it has not removed any contents from TikTok according to Chinese policies. Bytedance asserts that the Chinese Government has not directed any such kind of policies or have not asked them to remove specific contents. The firm stated that even if they are asked to do any such restrictions, they will not obey such violations of user’s rights.
“Let us be very clear. TikTok does not remove content based on sensitivities related to China. We have never been asked by the Chinese Government to remove any content, and we would not do so if asked,” the company’s authorities said in a statement.
Bytedance also added, “We are not influenced by any foreign government, including the Chinese government; TikTok does not operate in China, nor do we have any intention of doing so in the future,”
Bytedance operates a similar version of TikTok in China named as Douyin. It is a separate app, but functions are almost the same as of TikTok. The issues began after the US senators, Tom Cotton and Chuck Schumer, raised their concerns about the app. They requested the US officials to revise the censoring and data collection of TikTok as it poised a potential threat to national security.
“With over 110 million downloads in the US alone, TikTok is a potential counterintelligence threat we cannot ignore,” the senators said.
Later this month, Mr Marco Rubio had raised another allegation towards Bytedance and asked for a review of Bytedance’s acquisition of musical.ly. Mr Rubio said that the policies of data censoring in Bytedance should be reviewed as it’s a matter of security.
The tech giant of social media, Facebook, had raised serious censorship concerns about TikTok. The allegations are that, after the re-launch of musical.ly app, it is censoring content that is critical to the policies of the Chinese Government. According to the claims, discussion of topics like Tiananmen Square or Hong Kong protests is being censored from the app.
TikTok completely rejected these allegations through their latest blogs. “We store all TikTok US user data in the United States, with backup redundancy in Singapore,” TikTok blog post stated. “Our data centers are located entirely outside of China, and none of our data is subject to Chinese law.”Source
The US is blacklisting Chinese-based and related companies one-by-one, raising security concerns over their policies. The issues between US President Donald Trump and smartphone giants Huawei and Washington’s block on the leading telecom equipment manufacturer’s in the world is pointing its fingers to the true side of these speculations.
However, TikTok is trying to clean out of these speculations relating them to Chinese Government policies. TikTok is adamant about their claim that it does not censor critical contents posted in the app in favor of the Chinese Government. Bytedance also confirms that the operations of TikTok are not subject to Chinese law.