TikTok hasn’t been banned in the US, but some of the noises coming out of the White House have been distinctly menacing in recent days.
What’s more, this week the US House of Representatives voted to bar federal employees from downloading TikTok to their government-issued devices, as part of a wider defence policy bill – complete with politician Ken Buck describing the app as a “serious national security threat”.
How is TikTok responding? Well, yesterday it briefed news site Axios on its plans to add 10,000 jobs in the US over the next three years, having already grown from 500 staff there at the start of 2020 to nearly 1,400 now.
“It’s supporting the tremendous growth in the country and follows our strategy of building out teams where we have users,” said spokesperson Josh Gartner. Axios noted that TikTok has also hired more than 35 lobbyists to press its case that it is operating independently from its Chinese parent company ByteDance.
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