TikTok had already supplied its assertion concerning the Trump administration’s government order that may ban the app from the U.S. if it’s not bought by Chinese-owned mother or father firm ByteDance by a given deadline. Today, the corporate has moreover launched its personal on-line informational hub and a brand new Twitter account designed to present it a devoted platform for its collected responses, together with these the place it might want to reply extra shortly — maybe in response to the president’s tweets, for instance, or with different breaking information.
On Monday, TikTok launched tiktokus.information, an internet site that organizes the corporate’s statements, information protection, “expert opinions,” FAQs and different assets in a single vacation spot. Oddly titled “The Last Sunny Corner of the Internet,” TikTok makes the case for its app as a spot the place hundreds of thousands categorical themselves creatively. It additionally goes on report to flatly deny that it will ever present TikTok U.S. consumer information to the Chinese authorities. And it spells out its commitments to areas like consumer security and safety, in addition to its commitments to combating election misinformation and interference, amongst different issues.
TikTok additionally strongly refers back to the rising issues over U.S. consumer privateness and safety as “rumors and misinformation” which are “proliferating in Washington and in the media.”
The app, within the months main as much as the manager order, had grow to be the topic of a nationwide safety investigation within the U.S. as a consequence of its Chinese possession. Despite TikTok’s proclamations that it will by no means share U.S. consumer information with China’s authorities, a Chinese regulation launched in 2017 requires Chinese firms to just do that, when requested, elevating issues about to what extent TikTok would be capable to decline such a request.
Meanwhile, a extra just lately printed investigation by The WSJ discovered that TikTok had been monitoring Android consumer information, particularly customers’ MAC addresses, utilizing a tactic that was in violation of Google’s Play Store insurance policies and obfuscated utilizing “an unusual added layer encryption.” TikTok ended the follow final November after 15 months of information assortment, the report mentioned. However, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission considers the MAC deal with “personally identifiable information” beneath some privateness legal guidelines.
Beyond its round-up of on-the-record statements attributed to each TikTok and its execs, together with TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer, the brand new web site highlights any protection it deems favorable. These hyperlinks vary from pro-TikTok op-eds that come out in opposition to the…