"TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the USA", a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement. "We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked".
According to reports, Huawei has been told via high-level, behind-the-scenes contacts that UK's decision to ban the company might be revisited in the future, perhaps if Trump fails to secure a second term in office and Washington's anti-China stance is eased. In order to prove itself an independent company and not a Chinese one, ByteDance recently appointed Kevin Mayer as a CEO of Tiktok and ByteDance.
President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign is pushing ads that urge supporters to back a TikTok ban, accusing the app of "spying" on Americans.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that TikTok users in the US are at risk of their data ending up "in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party".
The app displays both videos by people a user follows and, more prominently, content that the app chooses based on what they have watched before.
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TikTok's parent company, Bytedance, reiterated that the company is committed to safeguarding the privacy of its users.
The 2017 Countrywide Protection Legislation in China compels any organisation or citizen to "guidance, support and co-function with the state intelligence operate" in accordance with the legislation.
Mr Bertram mentioned that if TikTok was approached by the Chinese government, "we would undoubtedly say no to any request for data".
Last week, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared with an impersonator in a video posted on the highly popular social media app. "For example, removing material about Tiananmen Square, or deprioritising material about Hong Kong protests ..."
TikTok said that this year it has already tripled its workforce in the U.S., and that the new jobs will be located in California, Texas, Florida and NY, focusing on areas including sales, content moderation, engineering and customer service.
ByteDance explained the suggestions referred to experienced considering that been phased out.