Sen. Marco Rubio is asking the US government to investigate TikTok over claims it’s censoring content that might upset China
Marco Rubio, the US senator from Florida, has asked the US government to investigate TikTok, the globally popular short-form video app owned by a Chinese company.
Rubio wrote on Twitter that there’s “ample and growing evidence” that TikTok censors content “in line with China’s communist government directives.”
The Guardian reported last month on internal documents that show TikTok instructed moderators to censor content addressing political issues likely to anger the Chinese government.
A TikTok spokesperson told Business Insider that the Chinese government does not ask the social app to censor content, and does not have the jurisdiction to do so because TikTok does not operate in China — its Chinese version of the app is called Douyin.
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US Senator Marco Rubio is calling on the federal government to investigate the popular video-sharing app TikTok based on “ample and growing evidence” that it’s censoring content at the request of China.
Rubio posted Wednesday on Twitter to share his concerns about TikTok, the short-form video app owned by the massive Chinese tech company ByteDance.
The senator’s request comes just a couple weeks after The Guardian reported on TikTok internal documents that directed platform moderators to censor content that was likely to anger the Chinese government — namely, videos criticizing China’s version of political policies and historical events, such as the Tiananmen Square protests.
Have already formally asked Trump administration to fully enforce anti-boycott laws that prohibit any U.S. person—including U.S. subsidiaries of Chinese companies from complying with foreign boycotts seeking to coerce U.S. companies to conform with #China’s government views.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 9, 2019
Read more: Internal documents showed TikTok censoring topics that would anger China
Rubio said he was directing his request to the
Source:: Business Insider