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TikTok Denies Allegations of Chinese Government Influence

TikTok, the China-based short video app, defended its data security practices and denied the Chinese government influences the content it distributes.

TikTok’s statement came soon after two U.S. senators asked Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to conduct an assessment of the ByteDance-owned company as a national security threat.

Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) And Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said the platform, which is popular with high school-aged kids, is a potential counterintelligence threat. In addition, the senators warned that the platform could be used for foreign influence campaigns like those carried out on behalf of President Donald Trump’s 2016 election effort.

In its statement, Beijing-based TikTok rejected the allegation that it is influenced by the Chinese government. “We have never been asked by the Chinese government to remove any content and we would not do so if asked.”  The company said it follows robust cybersecurity practices. 

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