TikTok CEO Blasts Zuckerberg Attacks ‘Disguised as Patriotism’

TikTok CEO Blasts Zuckerberg Attacks ‘Disguised as Patriotism’

A USA government national security review of the social media app TikTok is almost complete and will deliver a recommendation to the White House this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday. TikTok has begun to lift the curtain around its internal processes with a new transparency center; the facility is based in Los Angeles and will allow outside experts to observe the company's content-moderation processes in real time.

TikTok isn't part of that hearing, but its name is likely to come up repeatedly - either as a sign that the industry is competitive or a warning about the dangers of breaking up its largest companies.

TikTok's growth has been momentous since its inception in 2016. Now, the platform wants to pay users regularly, and it is a way for TikTok to remain competitive as its talent only becomes more popular.

While ByteDance is also a private company, one of its shareholders sold a small stake in the firm earlier this year based on a valuation of $140 billion.

In the meantime, TikTok is investing in reinventing its image and hiring heavily in the U.S. Mayer's own hiring is regarded as a big help in burnishing TikTok's credentials.

It came shortly after TikTok published a firmly worded defence of its role in the United States. It is pushing ahead with structural changes that will further ringfence the US business of TikTok from its global empire, the sources added. However, not everyone can earn TikToker celebrity status, which is why TikTok is introducing a multi-million-dollar fund to help top creators.

The sources requested anonymity because the deliberations are confidential.

The comments appeared to respond to claims by Facebook CEO previous year that TikTok had censored information about protests in China, the home of TikTok parent firm ByteDance.

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said in a blog post on Wednesday that the company was committed to following USA laws, and was allowing experts to observe its moderation policies and examine the code that drives its algorithms.

It is titled the "No Tiktok on Government Devices Act", clearly the Americas do not like being subtle. The House of Representatives has already voted for a similar measure. Some politicians are particularly wary of TikTok because the video-sharing app is owned by Chinese internet company Bytedance.

The Donald Trump administration, which accused TikTok of sharing user data with the Chinese Communist Party, even hinted that it was considering a ban on the app.

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