TikTok’s US operations boss says company is at center of geopolitical tension

A TikTok govt denied any chance that the app might be a US nationwide safety risk.

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TikTok’s head of US operations denied that the short-video app might be a nationwide safety risk. In an interview with NBC on Tuesday, Vanessa Pappas stated TikTok has “very strict information controls” and would not promote its customers’ info.

“We’re at a time the place we’re seeing … a geopolitical stress between the US and China, and we’re in the midst of that,” Pappas stated.

Her feedback come after US President Donald Trump issued, on Friday, his second executive order in relation to the app, giving Chinese language mother or father firm ByteDance 90 days to finalize a deal to dump TikTok’s US arm. Microsoft is in talks to purchase up the TikTok app from ByteDance, and Oracle is reportedly looking at doing so as effectively.

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Trump and others say they’re involved as a result of TikTok collects information from US customers and ByteDance might be pressured by China’s communist authorities handy over that info. The US military has placed restrictions on the app’s use by its members, and each houses of Congress have voted to ban the app from federal units. Different international locations are involved as effectively. India has banned TikTok, and Australia can be contemplating blocking it.

Additionally Tuesday, TikTok arrange an info hub and Twitter account to combat what it’s called misinformation and rumors in regards to the app.

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Sean Keane