During ongoing speculation around TikTok’s future and potential ban in the US, the social media platform has released a new information hub, which it hopes will ‘set the record straight.’ The website will organise the company’s statements, news coverage, FAQs and “expert opinions” in one place.
As TikTok explains: “Today, we are taking another step to continue to build trust with our TikTok community by delivering the facts – in our own words and in the words of leading experts across cybersecurity, media and academia – because we neither support nor stand for the spread of misinformation on our platform, or about our platform.”
According to TikTok, “rumours and misinformation” is what lead to the US Government’s Executive Order issued on August 6. The order will essentially force parent company ByteDance to sell-off TikTok to a US-based company. In the run-up to the executive order, the app has come under scrutiny over national security concerns due to its Chinese ownership.
TikTok reiterates that the app is a place for creativity and aims to “bring joy”. In addition, it also blatantly states that it would never provide TikTok US user data to the Chinese government. It also stressed that safety, security and the trust of the community is always a priority for the platform.
“As TikTok users, creators, partners, and family, you have the right to express your opinions to your elected representatives, including the White House. You have the right to be heard,” TikTok said.
The company has also launched a dedicated Twitter profile @tiktok_comms to share news and “correct the record.”