The head of the Chinese social network TikTok Kevin Mayer on Wednesday accused the American company Facebook in unfair competition with the aim to oust TikTok from the United States. A statement posted Wednesday on the website of the social network.
“In TikTok we welcome competition. We believe that honest competition makes us all better. We applaud when others seek to create competitive products. Facebook even runs another copy under the name of Reels associated with Instagram, after the previous copy of the Lasso failed. But let’s focus our efforts on fair and open competition in the servicing of our customers, not malicious attacks carried out by our competitor, namely Facebook, disguised as patriotism and aimed to put an end to our presence in the United States,” said Mayer.
The head of the social network also stressed that TikTok is an open policy and is committed to ensuring full transparency of its work.
“We believe it is necessary to show to users, advertisers, authors and regulators that we are responsible and committed members of American society who obey the laws of the United States,” explained Mayer. He added that the social network does not allow placement of political advertising, and intends to be a platform that “will be able to enjoy all users”.
According to Mayer, TikTok has created a special center to deal with issues of accountability and transparency in the social network. He explained that the experts will be able in real time to study the principles of moderation Tiktok and its algorithms and codes.
On Tuesday the newspaper The Wall Street Journal reported that the social network Instagram, owned by Facebook, has offered a cash reward popular bloggers app TikTok for attracting subscribers to a new service called Instagram Reels.
TikTok allows users to publish short videos in the same social network. This app was developed by the Chinese company Byte Dance and launched in China in 2016 under the name Douyin.
On 6 July the Secretary of state Michael Pompeo said that the U.S. does not exclude the possibility of blocking in the country TikTok amid allegations that the leadership of the social network allegedly engaged in propaganda and transmits user data to the Chinese authorities. On 20 July, the House of representatives of the U.S. Congress approved an amendment to a draft defense budget for the next fiscal year (begins in the country from October 1) prohibiting the use of TikTok in state agencies.
The official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of China Wang Wenbin said July 21 that the information about the harmfulness of TikTok distributed by US, is not true.