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TikTok denies US claims of censorship and privacy failings

App owned by China's Bytedance says it is 'not influenced' by Beijing

TOKYO -- TikTok, the Chinese-owned app for sharing short videos, has hit back at U.S. accusations that it censors content to appease Beijing and that it compromises user privacy.

"We have never been asked by the Chinese government to remove any content and we would not do so if asked. Period," the company, which is owned by rising Chinese internet giant Bytedance, said in a statement released early Friday morning.

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