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Technology Marco Rubio calls for TikTok review over censorship claims

04:30  10 october  2019
04:30  10 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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TikTok owner ByteDance might find itself in legal trouble in the US over claims it's censoring criticism of China in other parts of the world. Senator Marco Rubio has sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to

Marco Rubio (R-FL) requested that the US government conduct a formal investigation into whether the popular Chinese video app, TikTok , poses a Rubio ’s call for a review follows a week of retaliation from American fans and consumers toward US-based organizations and companies like the National

TikTok owner ByteDance might find itself in legal trouble in the US over claims it's censoring criticism of China in other parts of the world. Senator Marco Rubio has sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review ByteDance's acquisition of Musical.ly in light of the censorship allegations. He argued there was "ample & growing evidence" TikTok was silencing US material to honor Chinese government policies, effectively letting it "suppress freedom of speech" beyond its borders.

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TikTok allegedly asked its moderators to pull mentions of topics like the Tiananmen Square massacre, Tibet's calls for independence and other content that challenges the Chinese government's version of events. The service said it had retired the guidelines in May and that it had been using a "blunt approach" to minimizing drama on TikTok that included banning talk of all topics it deemed controversial, not just those from China.

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Marco Rubio is asking the US government to investigate TikTok over claims it's censoring content that might upset China. In response to Rubio 's call to review TikTok , a TikTok spokesperson told Business Insider that the Chinese government does not request the platform censors content, and

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday that he would ask the U.S. government to open an investigation into Rubio ’s calls follow a firestorm of recent criticism aimed at both Chinese censors and U.S A spokesperson for TikTok did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

An American TikTok spokeswoman talking to Reuters maintained that the Chinese government "does not request" censorship on its service. American data is stored in the US, she added, and China wouldn't have jurisdiction over TikTok since it isn't used there. Chinese residents instead use Douyin, a virtually identical app that is subject to Chinese censorship.

Whether or not there's merit to the claims, Rubio has momentum on his side. The US just added eight Chinese tech companies to its Entity List over their help with China's suppression of Muslim minorities. Moreover, Blizzard is facing a wave of criticism for banning an esports player that declared support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. Combine that with earlier actions against Huawei and ByteDance may face distrust even if its current practices are above-board.

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(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio on Wednesday said he will ask the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to review "Today I will be asking CFIUS to review TikTok 's acquisition of Musical.ly. Ample & growing evidence exists that TikTok 's platform for western markets

Republican Senator Marco Rubio will ask national security officials to review an acquisition of a social-media The request from Rubio for a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., or Cfius The U.S. blacklisted eight Chinese companies this week over alleged human rights violations.

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In correctly questioning whether Trump's remark constituted 'a real request,' Marco Rubio disrupted the day-plus punditry cycle with an obvious point. © The Federalist Marco Rubio Is Right About Trump Playing The Press To be crystal clear, Trump's statement was categorically stupid and indefensible. But Rubio, hardly a friend to China, added a critical observation that seemed to be lost entirely on the breathless pundit class. "I don’t know if that’s a real request or him just needling the press, knowing that you guys are going to get outraged by it.

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