Tik Tok Denied Allegations of Chinese influence

Tik Tok, a video-sharing application, has denied allegations of Chinese influence.

Theo Bertram, head of public policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, says he will reject any request for data from China.

The idea that we are in any way under the influence of the Chinese government is completely wrong,

he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

It is clear that the United States is under pressure from Washington to talk about its future.

The owner of Byte Dance, the company that developed the application, who is from the Cayman Islands but lives in Beijing, has been in talks with the British government about setting up headquarters in London.

However, the United States is considering banning Tik Tok and has decided that the company can be allowed to operate only if it separates from China and becomes an American company.

'Committed' to growth in the UK

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is visiting the UK this week, has accused TickTock users in the US of receiving their data 
at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.

Theo Bertram told the BBC program that no decision had been made on where Tik Tok would place its international headquarters, but added that

 we are committed to further development in the UK.
We will definitely refuse any request for data,

he said, referring to the Chinese government's tik-tok talk.

A spokesman for the Department of International Trade said: 
Byte Dance's decision regarding their global headquarters is a business decision for the company.
Theo Bertram also denied allegations that the TikTok app was too lenient with child molesters.

It should be noted that the Daily Telegraph newspaper had said that it had seen the documents according to which users who send sex messages to children have to commit three crimes before a permanent ban is imposed.

Theo Bertram said Tik Tok had changed its policy more than a year ago and called such a move intolerable.

He said that any such post would be deleted and the accused would be informed.

However, the latest development comes as tensions between the UK and China are rising over the government's recent decision to remove Huawei's 5G equipment from UK mobile networks by 2027.

There are fears that this could lead to an economic war between the two countries.
We are still reviewing the results. This is a very bad decision,
Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador to Britain, told Andrew Marshow.

TikTok has about a thousand employees in Europe, most of them based in the UK and Ireland.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, the decision to set up Tik Tok headquarters in the UK is likely to create 3,000 jobs in the country.

Keep in mind that the Chinese video sharing platform is very popular all over the world and this app has been downloaded more than two billion times.

Australia, which has already banned Huawei and telecom maker ZTE, is also considering banning Tik Tok.

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