TikTok denies establishing a subsidiary firm in Taiwan to run ‘illegal operations’

TikTok's Chinese owner on Monday denied establishing a subsidiary firm in Taiwan after the state's authorities announced they were looking into the social media app for running "illegal operations".

TAIPEI – TikTok‘s Chinese owner on Monday denied establishing a subsidiary firm in Taiwan after the state’s authorities announced they were looking into the social media app for running “illegal operations”.

The cabinet sought a multi-agency inquiry during a discussion on security risks raised by TikTok earlier this month, according to Taiwan’s highest China policy-making body, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).

After a local business reportedly conducted business operations in Taiwan on behalf of ByteDance, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, the matter was also sent to prosecutors for investigation, according to MAC without going into further detail.

Despite the fact that TikTok is available in the nation but is not particularly well-liked, Chinese internet and social media sites are not permitted to run enterprises in Taiwan under local legislation.

On Monday, ByteDance claimed to have no presence in Taiwan dismissing the reports as unfounded.

Taiwan has long warned that it is the target of extensive Chinese espionage and disinformation activities.

In recent years, it has increased its inspection of Chinese companies and put investment restrictions on a number of crucial industries, including the cutting-edge semiconductor sector on the island.

Further, MAC deemed TikTok founded by Zhang Yiming as a security risk in a statement commenting on the social media application way of operation.

In a statement released late on Sunday, it said that “in recent years, China has exploited TikTok and other short movies to carry out cognitive operations to infiltrate other countries.”

It added that there was “a high risk” that the Chinese government would gather consumers’ private data.

TikTok denies posing a security threat or having any allegiance to the Chinese government.

However, due to its Chinese ownership, the corporation has come under increased pressure and scrutiny in Western countries, particularly in the United States.

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