Tiktok has launched a new website and Twitter account to help counter what it believes are baseless allegations that the popular social media app is a risk to American security.
The new online offensive statement comes nearly two weeks after President Trump signed an executive order that Tickcock’s parent company, China-based ByteDance, would sell its US operations by 20 September, though this week’s deadline is 12 November Was increased.
“With the rumors and misinformation about Ticketcock in Washington and the media, we set the record straight,” Tiktok said in a message on its new website.
It reported that data associated with US-based Tiktok users is stored in Virginia with back-up in Singapore, and includes a system that has “strict controls on employee access”.
TikTok stated that “it has never provided any US user data to the Chinese government, nor will it be asked to do so.” Any request to the contrary is unfounded and flawed. “
Other messages are offered on issues of competition and transparency, preventing misinformation and election interference, and a list of FAQ’s along with Tiktok’s security roadmap.
In the first tweet on your new @TikTok_Comms The Twitter account, it recently linked to an interview by its chief information and security officer, Roland Clottier, is making Tikotok “safe, secure and transparent” for its global community.
In an executive order signed by Trump earlier this month, the president said that “action had to be taken to deal with the national emergency in relation to the supply chain of information and communications technology and services.” It claimed that Tiktok “automatically receives a large number of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information, such as location data and browsing and search history.”
Trump said in the order that if the Chinese government obtained Tiktok’s data, it could potentially allow “federal employees and contractors to track locations, create dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage is.”
The order also noted that Tiktok is “allegedly censored content” that the Chinese government considers politically sensitive, adding that the app can also be used “for campaigns that allow the Chinese Communist Party Benefit. “
The action by Washington has included a US ban on US firms using equipment made by China’s giant company Huawei amidst many controversies, strained relations between the US and China.
Microsoft is currently in talks with ByteDance over a possible takeover of Teaktok’s US operations, although it emerged last week that technical challenges could derail any potential deal.
The company can also take legal action against the order, allegedly for arguing that it is unconstitutional because the company was not given a chance to respond. It may also challenge the claim that the app is a threat to US national security. has reached out to Tickcock for more information about their plans for legal action and we will update this piece when we hear back.