This could be because the Chinese version of the app, Douyin, runs separately.
TikTok released its first transparency report which reveals the countries that have requested removal of content and access to user data. The US submitted 79 requests for user data and six for content takedowns, whereas India submitted 107 and 11 such requests, respectively.
ByteDance, a Chinese tech giant who owns TikTok claims there were no takedown requests from the Communist Party of China in 2019’s first half. In September, The Washington Post published a report stating that TikTok’s content censorship pertaining to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was a way to “appease the Chinese government”.
TikTok’s report shows that it is assisting US law enforcement agencies in removing content that violates US laws. It has complied with 86% of such requests and restricted or blocked seven accounts.
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