TikTok: An entertainment platform or Chinese propaganda company?

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaEdited By: Palki SharmaUpdated: May 20, 2020, 04:59 PM IST
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Over the last 2 years, TikTok has been adhering to this pledge. It has systematically removed anti-china content from its platform.

Memes, music, dance routines, and make-up tutorials. Tiktok is not an entertainment platform.
It is a propaganda tool of the Chinese Communist Party. Tiktok has told its moderators to censor content against the Chinese government, for example, those mentioning the Dalai Lama or Tibet.
The email was reportedly sent to Tiktok's team in India. The target was Indian content although we cannot independently verify the authenticity of the email.

TikTok is owned by Bytedance. It is a Chinese tech company headquartered in Beijing.


In 2018, Bytedance founder Zhang Yiming made a pledge to the Chinese government. Zhang promised to ensure party “voices are broadcast to strength.”

"Further deepening cooperation with authoritative [official party] media, elevating distribution of authoritative media content, ensuring that authoritative [official party] media voices are broadcast to strength, " Zhang said.

Over the last 2 years, TikTok has been adhering to the pledge. It has systematically removed anti-China content from its platform.

There is growing global support for Taiwan right now, it is not surprising that TikTok wants to do away with the very mention of Taiwan or Tibet and the Dalai Lama. 

TikTok has previously asked its censors to moderate a range of videos. 

Those mentioning Tiananmen Square or Tibetian independence or banned religious group - Falun Gong and videos mentioning Hong Kong protests were taken down. As were those talking about the plight of Uighur Muslims.

Community guidelines are on its website but without any specifics. Despite guidelines against violent content, TikTok is filled with animal abuse content.

TikTok is like a hidden medicine in a dog's food bowl. There are tons of fun videos and that makes it impossible to realise that it may also be part of Chinese propaganda.

Tiktok is an undercover Chinese foreign policy tool. If authentic, the email spells global information war. Banning TikTok would be India's best reply to the thread.