A Monday Global Times editorial said the agreement—which will create a U.S.-based subsidiary, with Americans filling four of five board seats, and allow Oracle to review TikTok’s source code—reflects the U.S. government’s “bullying style and hooligan logic.” Meanwhile, TikTok said it removed over 104 million videos for breaching community guidelines or terms of service in the first half of 2020. (Reuters, The Logic)
Talking point: Global Times doesn’t speak for the Chinese government, though it’s published by the state outlet People’s Daily. But TikTok’s new ownership structure—and President Donald Trump’s false claim that it removes parent company ByteDance entirely—are unlikely to be popular with Beijing; in August, it imposed new technology export controls that could impact the deal. Within the app, TikTok said it has asked nine other unnamed platforms to set up an early-warning system for “violent, graphic content” that’s uploaded on one and may be cross-posted on another. In September, a suicide clip originating on Facebook spread widely on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.