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TikTok creators level ‘plagiarism and smears’ claims against Facebook

ByteDance accuses Facebook of plagiarism as Microsoft prepares to take over TikTok

ByteDance, the TikTok owner, accused Facebook of smears and plagiarism although it did not expound on the allegation. The Chinese company also said on August 2 that it faced “complex and unimaginable difficulties” while working to expand into a global entity.

The Beijing-based firm made these comments on its official account on a news aggregator app it owns, Jinri Toutiao. It stated:

“ByteDance has always been committed to becoming a global company. During this process, we have faced all kinds of complex and unimaginable difficulties, including the tense international political environment, collision, and conflict of different cultures and plagiarism and smears from competitor Facebook.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously slammed TikTok for allegedly censoring political protest in 2019 as highlighted by Gadgets 360. TikTok has since denied these claims.

Microsoft Wants TikTok

The statement never highlighted on the pressures in the US that ByteDance currently faces to sell off its TikTok app. US President Donald Trump recently threatened to ban TikTok from operating in America.

However, after consultations, Trump agreed to give China’s ByteDance 45 days to negotiate a sale of the TikTok app to Microsoft. People familiar with this matter said that there is a likelihood that the deal will go through.

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