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    ◎The Washington Post去年9月的一份報告暗示,TikTok正在審查與香港民主抗議有關的內容,TikTok否認指控,但這還不足以阻止美國立法者呼籲進行國家安全調查。美國外國投資委員會(CFIUS)向ByteDance提出了國家安全問題,威脅到該應用程序的生存,ByteDance可能被迫出售TikTok。美軍最近甚至禁止士兵使用該應用程式,聲稱這是網絡威脅。
    ◎美國對TikTok提交的總體請求數量第二高,僅次於印度,印度提交了107個用戶數據請求和11個內容刪除請求。這可能是因為TikTok在兩個國家都非常受歡迎。至於中國不願審查TikTok內容傾向,則令人驚訝。看門狗組織(Freedom House)發布了一份有關全球互聯網自由的報告顯示,中國因為審查和監視策略,而成為世界網路自由的最嚴重濫用者。The Verge去年11月報導,由於談論香港大選,華裔美國人及其他美國人的微信賬戶被封鎖或限制。


    TikTok released its first transparency report yesterday, showing which countries have submitted requests for content removal as well as access to user data. China is notably absent from the report—the video sharing app, owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, claims it did not receive a single takedown request from Communist Party of China in the first half of 2019.
    The news comes after a difficult year for the social media startup, which faced growing scrutiny over its relationship with China. In September, a report from The Washington Post suggested TikTok was censoring content related to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, likely to appease the Chinese government. TikTok denied the allegations, but it wasn’t enough to stop lawmakers in the US from calling for a national security probe.
    Then, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reached out to ByteDance with national security concerns that threatened the existence of the app. Since CFIUS manages mergers and acquisitions with US companies, its inquiry raised concerns that ByteDance could be forced to sell TikTok. Most recently, the US army went so far as to ban soldiers from using the app, saying it was a “cyber threat.”
    TikTok’s report shows that US law enforcement agencies have been working with TikTok to gain access to user data and take down content that violates US laws. In the past year, TikTok received 79 requests for user data from US law enforcement agencies, along with six requests for content takedowns. The company complied with 86 percent of the user data requests, and restricted or blocked seven accounts related to the content takedown requests.
    “TikTok is committed to assisting law enforcement in appropriate circumstances while at the same time respecting the privacy and rights of our users,” Eric Ebenstein, TikTok’s head of public policy, wrote in a blog post.
    The US submitted the second highest number of overall requests, beat out only by India, which submitted 107 requests for user data and 11 requests for content takedowns. That’s likely because TikTok is wildly popular in both countries. It could also explain why China isn’t in the report, since the app doesn’t operate there. The Chinese version of the app, which runs as a separate organization, is called Douyin.
    Given China’s propensity to censor content it doesn’t like, however, the news is still somewhat surprising. A report on internet freedom around the world, released by the watchdog organization Freedom House, showed China is the world’s “worse abuser of internet freedom” due to its censorship and surveillance tactics.
    These strategies aren’t just relegated to Chinese citizens. In November, The Verge reported Chinese Americans were having their WeChat accounts blocked or restricted for talking about the Hong Kong elections, even to other Americans.
    Now, ByteDance is reportedly exploring the possibility of setting up TikTok’s headquarters outside of China, in an effort to distance itself from the country. “We have been very clear that the best way to compete in markets around the globe is to empower local teams,” a company spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal just last week. “TikTok has steadily built out its management in the countries where it operates.”