TikTok parent company ByteDance to move out of China?
Galatta | Jul 12, 2020, 10:47 am
The short videos app TikTok was one of the most popular apps in India and had millions of users in India with high patronage! However, following the clash between the armed forces of India and China at the Galwan Valley last month, there was a heavy outpour of anti-China sentiment in India. In such a time, the Indian central government issued an intermittent ban on 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok! Following this order, TikTok was removed from the Google Play store as well as Apple App store and all those who were already using the app were unable to do so, with a statutory message being displayed by the company, on the app! Following India's ban on the app, there were also rising sentiments in the USA to follow suit and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had also hinted at a similar ban!
However, we have some interesting news about TikTok now! After losing out on major chunks of its global business due to the ban in India and the possibility of a ban in the USA, there are similar issues TikTok is facing in Australia too! Many leading media houses are now reporting that TikTok's parent company ByteDance has now began thinking of corporate structural changes to its TikTok business and is considering the best way forward to reclaim all the lost ground! Earlier, the news agency Reuters had reported that following a US National Security panel's inquiry into the safety of users' personal data on TikTok, the company had been trying to distance itself from Beijing!
A transparency report released by TikTok states that it had removed more than 49 million videos from its platform in the second half of the last 1 year, for violating the app's policies and guidelines. TikTok has its biggest offices in Singapore, Dublin, Los Angeles, New York and London and doesn't have any office in China except ByteDance's headquarters. A letter from Tiktok's CEO stated that the Chinese government had never asked for data of Indian users and also mentioned that even if it does in the future, it would never comply to such a request! The data of Indian users is said to be stored in the company's Singapore servers. The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology of India has sent a notice and 79 questions to the 59 apps banned in India and given the companies 3 weeks to respond, failing which they might be banned permanently across India. There are some unverified reports that TikTok is all set to respond within this timeline and resume its operations in India, post July 22nd! Stay tuned for updates...