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TikTok denies Chinese influence, clarifies data security practices

Beijing Byte Dance Telecommunications Co. Ltd.'s TikTok clarified its data centers are "located entirely outside China" and are not subject to Chinese laws, in response to U.S. government concerns.

TikTok also stated that it "does not remove content based on sensitivities related to China" and that it has never been asked by the Chinese government to remove any content. The company also said that it would not remove such content even if asked.

The statement comes in response to U.S. government officials' calls to review national security risks posed by TikTok.

Tiktok underscored that it stores its U.S. user data within the country, with backup redundancy in Singapore. The company's U.S. moderation team, which conducts content reviews, is led out of California.

"We are not influenced by any foreign government, including the Chinese government; TikTok does not operate in China, nor do we have any intention of doing so in the future," it said in an Oct. 24 statement.