TikTok issues statement following U.S. administration decree

On Thursday, the White House issued an executive order banning TikTok from doing business with US companies. The ordinance asserted that "the dissemination in the United States of mobile applications developed and owned by companies in the People's Republic of China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States." This is the reason given by the US government, without proof, that "measures must be taken to deal with the threat posed by a particular mobile application, TikTok".

Following the executive order, TikTok issued a public statement in response to US government claims such as "These risks are real" and "This mobile app may also be used for disinformation for the benefit of the Chinese Communist Party." Facebook has come under close scrutiny for letting the same thing happen ahead of the 2016 US election, but here we are.

TikTok is a community full of creativity and passion, a home that brings joy to families and meaningful careers to creators. And we are building this platform for the long haul. TikTok will be around for many years to come.

We are shocked by the recent decree, which was issued without any due process. For almost a year, we have sought to engage in good faith dialogue with the US government to find a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the administration paid no attention to the facts, dictated the terms of an agreement without going through standard legal procedures, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private companies.

We have made it clear our intention to work with the appropriate leaders to design a solution that will benefit our users, creators, partners, employees, and the wider community in the United States. There has not been and still is no due process and no respect for the law. The text of the decision makes it clear that there have been recourse to unnamed "reports" without citation, fears that the app "may" be "used for disinformation campaigns without justification for those fears, and concerns about the data collection which is the industry standard for thousands of mobile apps around the world We made it clear that TikTok has never shared user data with the Chinese government, nor censored content at their request. In fact, we make our moderation guidelines and algorithm source code available in our Transparency Center, which is a level of accountability that no peer company has committed to. We have even expressed our willingness to pursue a sale. full of US business to a US company.

This executive order risks undermining the confidence of global businesses in the U.S. commitment to the rule of law, which has attracted investment and spurred decades of U.S. economic growth. And that sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of free expression and open markets. We will pursue all remedies available to us to ensure that the rule of law is not sidelined and that our business and our users are treated fairly - if not by the administration, then by the US courts.

We want the 100 million Americans who love our platform because it's your home for expression, entertainment, and connection to know: TikTok never has and will never falter in its commitment to you. We put your safety, security and the trust of our community first - always. As users, creators, partners and family of TikTok, you have the right to express your views to your elected officials, including the White House. You have the right to be heard.

The whole situation gives us an atmosphere of Huawei prohibition. The US government has felt threatened by Huawei, which has come out loud with low-cost 5G solutions. By issuing an order prohibiting the company from doing business with US companies, it is banned from the use of all Huawei telecommunications equipment by US operators.

TikTok issues statement following U.S. administration decree

The US government has not offered Huawei or TikTok an opportunity to defend itself, respond to security or due process concerns. The problem to be solved is not limited to the simple “confidentiality of consumer data”. The Administration does not appear to have a problem with US companies selling private data of their own customers in the past (1, 2). These issues were resolved by the FCC who collected fines.

Instagram has chosen the perfect time to roll out its new “Reels” feature that rivals the types of creative videos posted on TikTok.

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