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TikTok denies claims of developing US-exclusive algorithm amid ban concerns

It was recently reported that ByteDance- the founder of TikTok (short format video sharing platform) has instructed its engineers to divide the source code of its recommendation algorithm specifically for the US- a claim that TikTok denies.

Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Updated on: May 31, 2024 12:06 IST
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Image Source : REUTERS TikTok denies claims of developing US-exclusive algorithm amid ban concerns

TikTok, a Chinese short-video-making app which has been facing a nationwide ban in the US, on Friday, which denied a media report about the splitting of its source code to create a US-only algorithm to bypass the ban. 

A media report further claimed that TikTok has been working to create a version of its recommendation algorithm that operates independently from Douyin, the Chinese version operated by its parent company ByteDance.

In a post on X (earlier known as Twitter)- a micro blogging platfrom, TikTok said, “The Reuters story published today is misleading and factually inaccurate.” 

The company said that as per its court filing, “the qualified divestiture demanded by the Act to allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States is simply not possible: not commercially, not technologically, not legally”.

TikTok added, “And certainly not on the 270-day timeline required by the Act."

The Chinese company populary known for short format videos has been trying hard to convince US lawmakers to avoid the ban.

Earlier this month, TikTok and its Chinese parent company has filed a legal challenge against the US government over a law forcing ByteDance to sell off the ultra-popular app or face a nationwide ban in the country. Also, in the last month, Joe Biden, teh US President reportedly signed a TikTok ban bill into law, after it was passed by both Houses of Congress.

It gives ByteDance 270 days to sell TikTok to a non-Chinese buyer, with the possibility of a 90-day extension if the US President determines it necessary.

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