Former Employees Claim TikTok Parent ByteDance Used News App to Push Pro-China Messages

Former Employees Claim TikTok Parent ByteDance Used News App to Push Pro-China Messages


Former employees of ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, claim that the company placed pro-China propaganda in its now-defunct U.S. news app, TopBuzz.

BuzzFeed News reports that four former employees of ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, claim that the company used its now-defunct English-language news app TopBuzz to push pro-China messages to Americans. The former employees, all of whom worked for TopBuzz, claim that the company told them to place specific pro-China messaging in the app. ByteDance denies these claims.

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Three of the former employees claim that TopBuzz staff sometimes promoted this content by “pinning” it to the top of the app. One former employee specifically remembered staff posting panda videos in the app alongside videos promoting

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