LinkedIn profile reviews imply that several TikTok employees also work for Chinese state media
Despite its popularity, ICT TacThe image of is not well accepted by everyone due to the issues he got involved in, including being used by the Chinese government for their own agendas. Months ago, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance reportedly used its now-defunct news app TopBuzz to spread pro-China messages. Then, recently, a report from BuzzFeed says TikTok employees have repeatedly accessed US user data from China. Now a new report from Forbes suggests that some TikTok employees may also work for the Chinese government.
Forbes’ report began after scanning the profiles of people working for TikTok. According to Forbes, of those public profiles reviewed, 300 worked for Chinese state media publications. Moreover, 23 of the said profiles belong to ByteDance directors responsible for “media cooperation”, the report said. Meanwhile, the profiles show 15 people simultaneously employed by China’s various state media entities named “foreign government officials” by the State Department.
Despite the findings, ByteDance and TikTok have not denied said individuals’ ties to Chinese state media. Nonetheless, ByteDance spokeswoman Jennifer Banks told Forbes that “hiring decisions are based solely on an individual’s professional ability to do the job.”
“For our business in the China market, this includes people who have previously held positions in government or state media in China,” Banks added. “Outside of China, employees also bring experience in government, public policy and media organizations from dozens of markets.”
Regarding the 15 profiles showing concurrent work for both TikTok and the Chinese government, Banks said ByteDance “does not allow employees to take on secondary or part-time jobs, or any outside business activity, which would result in a conflict of interest”.