ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming advised workers on Tuesday there have been misunderstandings on Chinese social media about TikTok’s scenario in the United States and that the corporate might face extra difficulties as anti-Chinese sentiment rose overseas.
His feedback in a letter to ByteDance’s Chinese workers got here after the corporate and Zhang have been closely criticised on Chinese social media for coming into into talks with Microsoft to promote TikTok’s US operations.
Chinese media first reported the contents of the inner letter. A supply confirmed the content material of the memo to Reuters.
ByteDance didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
“I actually understand (the criticism),” Zhang stated in the letter. “People have high expectations of a company founded by a Chinese person which is going global but have little information about it. With lots of grievances towards the US government, they tend to lash out at us with harsh criticism.”
Since Monday, some customers of China’s Twitter-like Weibo have stated they’d uninstall ByteDance’s Chinese brief video app Douyin and information aggregator Jinri Toutiao as a result of they believed ByteDance had given in too rapidly to Washington.
Others urged ByteDance to be taught from US big Google, which opted to pull its search engine out of the Chinese market in 2010 after China requested it to censor its search outcomes, quite than promoting off its Chinese operations.
Zhang stated some individuals had misunderstood the US scenario. He stated Washington’s purpose was not to drive a sale of TikTok’s US operations via the Committee of Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) however to ban the app, and there was a authorized course of ByteDance had no alternative however to observe.
Zhang advised workers on Monday in one other inner letter that the corporate had began talks with a tech firm so it might proceed to provide the TikTok app in the United States.
US President Donald Trump initially dismissed the concept of promoting TikTok’s US operations to Microsoft however modified his thoughts following strain from some advisers and lots of in the Republican get together, as a result of banning TikTok might alienate many younger voters, Reuters has reported.
Zhang additionally advised workers that during the last two years, anti-Chinese sentiment had risen in many international locations and the corporate should brace for extra difficulties in the present ambiance.
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