March 21 (UPI) — TikTok unveiled its “most comprehensive” update to its community rules to date Tuesday ahead of Show CEO Tzu Chu’s upcoming meeting with lawmakers in Washington.
rules update includes policies for AI-generated media as well as policy and government accounts. This comes after the federal government tightened control over the social media app owned by Chinese company ByteDance.
Chew posted a video TikTok has admitted that the app has over 150 million users in the US. He said that the US user base includes 5 million businesses, most of which are small and medium enterprises.
“Some politicians have started talking about banning TikTok,” he said. “Now this could take away all 150 million of you from TikTok. Let me know in the comments what you want your elected representatives to know about what you like about TikTok.”
Chu also said that there are 7,000 TikTok employees in the US.
Later this week, the CEO plans to explain to the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce what TikTok is doing to protect its users in the United States.
TikTok’s updated guidelines focus on clarifying its policies to combat disinformation and protect election integrity. The application does not allow paid political promotions, political advertising and political fundraising. Disinformation about civil and electoral processes is also prohibited. Content that violates these rules, including misinformation about election results, will not appear in user feeds.
State and federal lawmakers are constantly questioning TikTok’s use of user data and whether it will share any user information with the Chinese government. President Joe Biden signed legislation passed by the House and Senate to ban TikTok from government devices. Since then, the Biden administration has threatened to completely ban TikTok in the US unless its Chinese owners sell their stakes in the company.
On Friday, Senator Marco Rubio and Joni Ernst introduced the bill block of companies who partner with and promote TikTok while receiving federal funds. Rubio introduced a bill to ban the app from government devices in December.
“They are either naive or greedy or both. In any case, they should not be receiving taxpayer dollars if they are going to accept money from or partner with TikTok,” Rubio said in a statement. “These companies should stop promoting propaganda and espionage by the Chinese Communist Party.”
tik tak claims that the data for US users are stored outside of China, and steps have been taken to prevent foreign entities from acquiring this data.