TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Accused Facebook Of Seeking To Oust The Chinese Social Network From The US
The head of the Chinese social network TikTok, Kevin Mayer, accused Facebook of unfair competition to oust TikTok from the US, according to the corresponding statement published on the social network's website on Wednesday.
"At TikTok, we welcome the competition. We believe that fair competition makes us all better. We welcome when others strive to create competitive products. Facebook Instagram even launches another copy called Reels, linked to Instagram, after their previous copy of Lasso (app for sharing short videos) has failed. But let's focus our efforts on fair and open competition in serving our consumers, not on malicious attacks carried out by our competitor, namely Facebook, disguised as patriotism and aimed at putting an end to our very presence in the US," Mayer said.
The head of the social network also stressed that TikTok has an open policy and stands for ensuring full transparency of its work.
"We believe it is necessary to show users, advertisers, authors, and regulators that we are responsible and committed members of the American community who comply with US laws," Mayer explained. He added that the social network does not allow political advertising and intends to remain a platform that "all users can enjoy."
According to Mayer, TikTok has created a special center that will deal with issues of accountability and transparency in the work of the social network. He explained that experts will be able to study The principles of Tiktok moderation and its algorithms and codes in real-time.
Instagram Facebook Instagram, a social network owned by Facebook, offered cash rewards to popular bloggers of the TikTok app for attracting their subscribers to a new service called Instagram Reels, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
About the situation with Tiktok in the United States
TikTok allows users to post short videos on the social network of the same name. This app was developed by the Chinese company Byte Dance and launched in China in 2016 under the name Douyin.
On July 6, US Secretary of state Michael Pompeo said that the US does not rule out the possibility of blocking TikTok on the territory of The country, amid allegations that the social network's management is allegedly engaged in propaganda and transmits user data to the Chinese authorities. On July 20, the US House of Representatives approved an amendment to the draft defense budget for the next fiscal year (starting in the country on October 1) to ban the use of TikTok in government agencies.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on July 21 that information about Tiktok malware distributed by the United States is not true.