TikTok: How app bought caught up in the US-China clash

TikTok: How app bought caught up in the US-China clash

U.S. President Donald Trump's reelection campaign reportedly pushed ads on Facebook this weekend, accusing Chinese short video app TikTok of spying on Americans, CNN reported on Monday.

But the U.S. is usually considering banning TikTok and could only let it keep functioning if it divides from China and will become an American company.

ByteDance, the owner of TikTok based in Beijing, but permanently operates in the Cayman Islands, stated that it is planning to transfer its headquarters in London, after coordination with the United Kingdom government.

A unit of China-based holding ByteDance, TikTok has been banned in India and U.S. officials have said they were looking at possible actions on the app.

The worksad ispart of a broader defense game that TikTok has been playing to respond to accusations from policy makers that TikTok poses a risk to national security. The globally acclaimed Chinese app is subjected to scrutiny as it has indicated threats to user privacy from potential foreign interference, according to the country's administration's statement to Reuters.

"We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was "having a good look" at TikTok, which has also fallen under USA scrutiny for "national security risks".

Amid these discussions, President Trump is also reportedly weighing a ban of TikTok in the US, which would undoubtedly put a freeze on the company's plans for growth. "We took this as a signal that the user had an agenda, such as promoting themselves to gain followers, or trolling other users", a blog post explained.

The company responded to Kudlow's suggestion with a "no speculation" comment to Fox Business, but added that "ByteDance is evaluating changes to the corporate structure of its TikTok business".

Last 12 months, the Guardian noted that TikTok's team and automatic techniques experienced enforced moderation procedures that censored materials considered to be politically sensitive.

With its eclectic mix of viral dance crazes and lip-sync comedy sketches, TikTok has turn into a phenomenon among the youthful men and women.

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