Chinese startup ByteDance's lip-syncing video platform TikTok, in its first transparency report, claimed that it did not receive a single takedown request from the Communist Party of China in the first half of 2019. Reports have claimed that the startup is facing scrutiny in the US over allegations of sharing data with China. It was also accused of censorship.
ByteDance-owned TikTok, in its first transparency report for first-half of 2019, revealed that India topped both legal requests for user information as well as government requests for content removal. The lip-syncing platform revealed that 107 requests in total pertained to information while that for content removal was 11. The US followed India in both requests at 79 and six, respectively.
"TikTok is a place for creativity and expression. We are committed to enabling our users to create and have fun in a safe and comfortable environment. We believe that when people feel safe, their creativity can flourish," they said.
"In addition to legal information requests, government bodies sometimes request that we remove content they deem to be a violation of local laws. We review such requests closely and evaluate the specified content in accordance with our Community Guidelines and local laws," they added.