TikTok, operated by Beijing-based ByteDance, faces mounting regulatory scrutiny and a U.S. investigation into national security.
“We don’t remove content based on sensitivities around China or other governments,” Kudzi Chikumbu, developer community director of TikTok told CNBC.
Meanwhile, after posting a viral video criticizing the treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority by the Chinese government, TikTok reportedly suspended the account of a 17-year-old user in New Jersey.
TikTok creator community director brushed aside allegations of Chinese influence on Tuesday’s social media app as the app is facing an investigation into U.S. national security.
TikTok founder community director Kudzi Chikumbu on Tuesday echoed his chief’s words in an interview on CNBC’s Closing Bell with Wilfred Frost and Courtney Reagan.
“We don’t remove content based on sensitivities around China or other governments,” he said. “What we’re focused on is building a platform where people can express themselves freely, be creative, be joyful and that’s kind of the main direction that’s led to the growth of TikTok.”
As he appeared on the show, the Washington Post reported that after posting a viral video criticizing the treatment of the Uighur ethnic minority by the Chinese government, a 17-year-old user in New Jersey, Feroza Aziz, was locked out of her account. The discriminatory treatment of the Muslim Uighur population of the country by the Chinese government is well known.
TikTok representatives admitted to CNBC that the user was locked out of their account, but said that it is not a matter of censorship as the video in question is still on the platform.
But, in an interview with the Post, Aziz said the reference to bin Laden was a “joke.” And it clearly was, here’s the video that Aziz was locked out for:
Drew Harwell


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