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TikTok & # 39; will open a London headquarters, which is approved by the ministers who are risking a major argument with Donald Trump


According to reports, TikTok will open a London headquarters in a step approved by the ministers to risk a major dispute with Donald Trump over the Chinese app.

The investment is expected to be launched next week by ByteDance, which owns the popular social media platform, according to The Sun.

However, the move could lead to a rift with the US, which has accused the company of having shared personal information with the Chinese government.

President Trump said Friday he would soon ban TikTok in the U.S., and critics have said users' personal information could be compromised.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that Trump would take action to identify a wide range of national security risks posed by companies related to the Chinese government.

US President Trump said on Friday that he would soon ban TikTok in the United States

US President Trump said on Friday that he would soon ban TikTok in the United States

US President Trump said on Friday that he would soon ban TikTok in the United States

He said: "These Chinese software companies that do business in the US, whether TikTok or WeChat – there are countless others … share data directly with the Chinese Communist Party, its national security apparatus," Pompeo told Fox News Channel.

& # 39; Could be their facial recognition patterns. It can be information about where they live, their phone numbers, their friends they are connected to. These are the issues President Trump has made clear that we will take care of, ”he said.

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a Chinese social media app that allows users to create live streams, short videos and music videos, and gifs with a variety of functions.

TikTok's slogan is "Every second counts".

It was the most downloaded app in the U.S. in 2018 and the fourth most downloaded app in the world in 2018 before Instagram and Snapchat.

In 2019, it became the second most downloaded app worldwide after Whatsapp.

TikTok is known in China as Douyin, where it was launched in 2016 and made available worldwide in 2017.

Douyin is still the version of the app used in China, which can be downloaded separately from TikTok.

Most children use the app to film themselves lip-sync and draw hits.

It offers users a range of colorful editing and editing tools, including overlaying music, sound, animated stickers, filters, and augmented reality (AR) to create short videos.

The Beijing-based social network has over 500 million active users, and the company is now valued at over $ 75 billion (£ 58 billion).

TikTok's US user data is stored in the United States, with employee access strictly controlled. The largest investors come from the United States, the company said on Sunday.

"We are committed to protecting the privacy and security of our users as we continue to bring joy to families and empower those who work on our platform with significant careers," said a TikTok spokesman.

As speculation about banning or selling US social media business increased, TikTok released a video on Saturday saying, "We don't plan to go anywhere."

Microsoft confirmed on Sunday evening that it was in talks with Chinese company ByteDance, which owns TikTok, to acquire the US arm of the popular video app.

Microsoft also said it discussed with Mr. Trump his security and censorship concerns about such an acquisition.

Microsoft said in a statement, and ByteDance had announced its intention to review a deal that would result in Microsoft owning and operating the TikTok service in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

President Donald Trump is said to have agreed to give China's ByteDance 45 days to negotiate the sale of TikTok to Microsoft.

& # 39; Microsoft fully appreciates the importance of addressing the President's concerns. It is committed to acquiring TikTok subject to a full security review and to provide reasonable economic benefits to the United States, including the US Treasury Department, ”said Microsoft's statement.

The parent company Bytedance Ltd launched TikTok in 2017. It bought Musical.ly, a video service popular with teenagers in the US and Europe, and combined the two. It has a similar service, Douyin, for users in China.

However, TikTok's Chinese owners have raised concerns about the potential for sharing user data with Chinese officials and the censorship of videos that criticize the Chinese government.

TikTok says it does not censor videos and would not give the Chinese government access to US user data.

The TikTok office in Culver City. President Trump has announced that the company will be banned from the United States

The TikTok office in Culver City. President Trump has announced that the company will be banned from the United States

"When he makes his decision, the president will ensure that everything we have done puts us near zero risk for the American people," said Pompeo.

"This is the mission he set for all of us when we got it – we started evaluating this a few months ago. We are approaching a solution. And I think you will see the President's announcement shortly. & # 39;

The TikTok debate is parallel to a broader US response against Chinese companies, including the telecommunications providers Huawei and ZTE.

HOW DOES TIKTOK WORK?

  • Users post videos of themselves and send them in the app
  • Anyone can find these videos and post comments. You can also notify this person privately
  • Some of the most popular videos are viewed more than 10 million times
  • Each TikTok video is usually 15 to 60 seconds long
  • The videos are usually set to music and often show how the user dances, does a trick or synchronizes the lips

The Trump administration has ordered the U.S. to stop buying devices from these providers for use on U.S. networks.

Mr. Trump has also tried to direct Huawei's allies away because the Chinese government has concerns about access to their data, which Huawei denies.

Earlier this week, TikTok pushed back the so-called "malicious attacks" that draw attention to the Chinese connections of the video app.

Kevin Mayer, CEO of TikTok, said the attacks were "disguised as patriotism and designed to end our presence in the United States."

"We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and we have no agenda. Our only goal is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform that everyone can enjoy," said Mayer.

"TikTok has become the newest target, but we're not the enemy."

I have no intention of going anywhere, ”said Vanessa Pappas in a video address on TikTok. "When it comes to security, we build the safest app because it's the right thing to do."

"We are so proud of all the different communities that call TikTok at home," said Pappas, calling on the millions of users of the app to "stand up for TikTok".

Pappas said the app employs 15,000 people in America and plans to create another 10,000 jobs in the coming years.

"We don't plan to go anywhere," said Vanessa Pappas, US general manager of TikTok, in a video address about the service

As U.S.-China relations deteriorate in terms of trade, Hong Kong autonomy, cyber security, and the spread of the novel corona virus, TikTok has emerged as the focus of the dispute between the world's two largest economies.

A leading expert said banning the app in Australia was "inevitable".

Professor Clive Hamilton told Daily Mail Australia that the Communist Party is using the app to keep an eye on anyone who criticizes the totalitarian regime.

He fears that users' personal information will likely be sent to Beijing.

"The Chinese authorities are already monitoring the use of TikTok, especially for people of interest," he said.

"This creates a real problem for freedom of expression and protecting the intrusion of the Chinese state."

The Australian force already banned its employees from downloading the app to their cell phones earlier this year, and it is now likely that a general ban will apply to all Australians.

"I expect the Australian government to show great interest in TikTok and how the Chinese regime is using TikTok to monitor people in the West," said Prof. Hamilton.

& # 39; I think it is only a matter of time before Western governments realize the level of surveillance Beijing has carried out on social media platforms like TikTok.

"I think the ban on TikTok is inevitable."

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