On Thursday, the White House issued a executive order that is, a prohibition of TikTok in order to do business with companies in the united states. It asserted that “the dissemination in the United States, the mobile applications are developed and owned by firms in the people’s republic of China continues to be a serious threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States of america.” It is for this reason that it is given to you by the government of the united states, without any evidence, that “measures shall be taken to ensure that the threat posed by a mobile app, a special TikTok.”
After the executive order, TikTok, in a public statement in response to the allegations made by the united states government, “These risks are real,” and that “This mobile app can also be used to spread misinformation which is for the benefit of the Chinese Communist Party.” Facebook has come under heavy scrutiny for letting the same thing happen before the 2016 US elections, but here we are.
TikTok is a community filled with creativity and passion, a home that brings joy to families, and to make a meaningful career for the people behind them. And we continue to build on this platform for a long-term basis. TikTok on here for many, many years to come.
We have been shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without due process. For almost a year now, we have tried to engage with the government of the united states in good faith, in order to allow for a constructive solution to the concerns that have been raised. What we found instead was that the government had not paid attention to the facts, dictated the terms of a contract, without going through the standard legal process, and trying to insert itself into the negotiations between the companies.
We have made clear our intention to work with the officials to devise a solution to the benefit of all our customers, authors, partners, and employees, and the community at large in the United States of america. There has been, and remains, not a due process or compliance with the law. The text of the decision makes it clear that there is a reliance on unnamed “reports” with no quotations as well as fears that the app may be used for misinformation campaigns, the lack of justification of such fears, and concerns about the data collection, which is the industry standard for thousands of mobile apps in the world. We have made it clear that it is the TikTok, which is never shared user data with the government, nor censored any content, upon request. In fact, we live up to our moderation guidelines, and the algorithm source code is available in our Transparency of Heart, and that’s a level of accountability, it is not a peer company, it has committed to. We have even expressed our willingness to pursue a full sale of the company to an American company.
The Executive Order and the risks of undermining of international businesses in the United States ‘ commitment to the rule of law, and served as a magnet for investment and challenged decades of American economic growth. And it sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of freedom of speech and the open market. We strive to provide all of the legal remedies available to us, in order to ensure that the rule of law is not thrown out, and that is our business, and our users are treated fairly – if not by the Administration, and the united states courts.
We want the 100 million or so Americans who hold to our platform, because it is your home for expression, relaxation, and connection, to know that TikTok has never, and will never waver in our commitment to you. We will give priority to your safety and the safety, security, and the trust and confidence of our community, forever. If TikTok-users, developers, partners, and family members, you have the right to express your opinions to your elected representatives, including from the White House. You have the right to be heard.
The whole situation gives us the Huawei ban now. The US government felt threatened by the Smartphone, which came out of the gate with a strong, low-cost-5G-solutions. By placing an order prohibiting the company from doing business with U.s. companies to Huawei, the telecom equipment is not allowed to be used by U.S. air carriers.
The government of the united states does not Ascend, nor TikTok, the opportunity to defend themselves, and the address of its concerns about the safety or due process. The issue at hand is more to it than just “consumer data privacy”. The Administration seems to have no problem with American companies for the sale of its customers’ private data in the past (1, 2). That had been the HOME of the collection of fines and penalties.
Instagram has chosen the perfect timing for the roll-out of its new “Roll-over” feature, that’s one of the types of creative videos posted on TikTok.