Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Raised Concerns About TikTok

Mark Zuckerberg raised concerns about TikTok in US months ahead with lawmakers in the US even before the Trump administration started portraying the platform as a threat to national security.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO at Facebook raised concerns about TikTok with US lawmakers months before the Trump Government started portraying the short-video sharing platform as a threat to national security, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Zuckerberg raised concerns about the Chinese unicorn ByteDance owned, isn’t committed to freedom of expression, and represents a threat to the technological supremacy of the US, the Wall Street Journal report said on Sunday.

In October 2019, Zuckerberg took a chance to sure the ByteDance when the US president hosted a personal dinner with the hosted a dinner with the Facebook CEO at the White House, the report said, citing people conversant in the matter.

Zuckerberg apparently argued that Washington must be more concerned about the Chinese corporations than reining in Facebook. 

Similar arguments were made in his meeting with other senators following which, the issues were shared with other Government authorities.

Earlier in August 2020, Trump issued an executive order that provides ByteDance a choice to divest its TikTok business in the US within 90 days.

Recently, Instagram, a platform owned by Facebook launched Reels, a feature that offers TikTok-like functionalities.

Meanwhile, the media report mentioned that TikTok is ready to legally challenge the executive order issued by Trump to ban the owner of ByteDance to do any business in the USA.

The executive order “directed the Secretary of Commerce to return up with an inventory of transactions involving ByteDance and its holdings that ought to be banned after 45 days”.

The order came after Microsoft revealed its intentions to buy the TikTok business within the US.

Several other names of tech giants are floating around within the property right, including Oracle, Twitter, and now Alphabet, who may buy the US operations of TikTok.

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