Facebook attack ‘disguised as patriotism’

Kevin Meyer, president of The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International Division, attended Disney + Showcase at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 on August 23, 2019 in Anaheim, California.

Jessie Grant

Tikotok CEO Kevin Mayer is accusing Facebook of improperly using patriotism to attack a Chinese-owned consumer app.

“We welcome competition at Tickcock. We feel that fair competition makes us all better,” Mayer said in a blog note on Wednesday. “But let’s focus our energies on fair and open competition in the service of our consumers, not fatal attacks by our contestants – namely Facebook – disguised as patriotic and designed to end our very presence in America has gone”

The post of mayor was published next to his testimony following a prepared comment from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, before his testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Antirest scheduled for Wednesday. In those comments, Zuckerberg touted Facebook as being “a proudly American company”.

“We believe in the values ​​- democracy, competition, inclusiveness and free expression – that were built on the American economy,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Many other tech companies share these values, but there is no guarantee that our values ​​will prevail. For example, China is building its own version of the Internet focused on very different ideas, and they make other countries Exporting their approach. “

Meyer also slowed TicketLock’s efforts to create a copycat app on Facebook, an app where users can post short videos and is one of the most popular apps among teens and young adults.

“For those who want to launch competitive products, we say bring it,” Mayer wrote. “Facebook is also launching another copycat product, Reels (tied to Instagram), quickly following their other copycat lasso.”

Meyer was Disney’s head of streaming before becoming CEO of Tektok and the new chief operating officer of his Chinese parent company BiteDance in May.

Since the mayor’s arrival, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the US is banning Tickcock and other Chinese social media apps.

Tektok accepts that it will have to deal with even more scrutiny due to the company’s Chinese origins, Meyer said.

“We accept this and embrace the challenge of giving peace of mind through greater transparency and accountability,” he said. “We believe that users, advertisers, creators, and regulators are required to show that we are responsible and committed members of the American community that comply with US laws.”

In March, Tiktok announced plans for a transparency and accountability center to disclose its content policies and algorithm. In his new statement, Mayer also revealed his algorithms, moderation policies and regulators’ data flows on other social media apps.

“We believe that our entire industry should be organized at an exceptionally high level,” he said.


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