Tik Tok is agreeing to pressure from the US government over privacy to move it’s content right out of the country which will be take a couple of weeks before full completion.
The work done by a team under the Trust & Safety department “primarily helping with overnight coverage for some non-US regions” will be transferred to “local teams in the markets they cover within a few weeks,” a TikTok spokeswoman said in an emailed response on Monday.
Restructuring of the company is said to affect about 100 employees within China as ByteDance is now “working to find job options within the company for the China-based employees,” she said. The Wall Street Journal also made the same claim with the matter.
Douyin which was also the Chinese version of Tik Tok was the world most downloaded non-game application in the past two months based on reports from Sensor Tower.
The application has pulled several attentions from regulators from various markets. As for ByteDance, the company is currently on the list of the US national security inquiry based upon users’ data handling.
The company last week planned to open a Transparency Center in Los Angeles where it will allow more access to their content moderation practices in the US as well as storing Tik Tok US data right within the country while back up redundancy being in Singapore.
ByteDance whose worth is as high as $78 billion is facing serious scrutiny as it plans to consolidate its international expansion amid US-China trade tensions.
Beijing Kunlun Tech, the Chinese owner of gay dating app Grindr, agreed earlier this month to sell its 98.59 per cent stake in the entity after having been asked by the US government to divest itself.
Another China-based tech firm has also agreed to comply with an order from the US government to divest from Delaware venture. The order was made upon national security claims by the US government.