ByteDance Ltd, Chinese multinational IT company headquartered in Beijing said that it’s assessing changes to the corporate structure of its TikTok business amid the ongoing concerns with the banning of TikTok in the US.
Options such as planting a new management board for TikTok with a separate headquarter outside China are being discussed by Executives as per the media reports.
The video and music app, TikTok doesn’t have its headquarter apart from Bytedance founded in China. Its five largest offices are in Los Angeles, New York, London, Dublin and Singapore.
“We will move forward in the best interest of our users, employees, artists, creators, partners, and policy makers,” TikTok said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump announced that his administration might ban TikTok in the US amid the coronavirus pandemic, which Trump blames China responsible.
The US also raised concerns that the Chinese company may be censoring politically sensitive content, and also how they store personal data.
This announcement by Donald Trump came after Secretary of State Pompeo told Americans to not to download the app unless they want their private information fall into “the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”
According to children’s privacy advocates, the US Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department drew renewed scrutiny to the TikTok over its data practices. Many privacy groups accused TikTok of collecting data about under age 13 children without their parents’ permission thus violating both US privacy law and an FTC settlement.
The Indian Government banned 59 mobile apps amid the ongoing border tensions between India and China. The Indian government termed the banning of Chinese apps as prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity, defence of the country.
According to the official statement of the IT Ministry earlier, many complaints have been received by them from various sources. Complaints also reported misusage of some mobile apps that are available on Android and iOS platforms. These apps are accused of “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users” data in an unauthorised manner to servers which have locations outside India.