Bytedance’s video app TikTok on Wednesday declared a ban against “misleading information” that could cause harm to its community or the public. The company has achieved great success since its launch and come under scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers concerned that it may be censoring politically sensitive content.
“We remove misinformation that could cause harm to an individual’s health or wider public safety. We also remove the content distributed by disinformation campaigns,” TikTok, owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, wrote in new guidelines that expand and add detail to its earlier rules.
Earlier, U.S. officials also raised national security concerns about TikTok’s handling of user data, aiding reviews by the U.S. Army and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. To which TikTok said that it stores U.S. user data outside China.
As per data from the research firm Sensor Tower, TikTok and its Chinese counterpart Douyin have been downloaded more than 1.5 billion times, including 680 million downloads in 2019. The spokesman said that TikTok would also consider a heavily edited video that attempted to make U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi seem incoherent to be misinformation.