ByteDance says faces ‘complex difficulties’, accuses Facebook of plagiarism

Published on Aug 03, 2020 07:37 AM IST

The Beijing-based company made the comments in a statement posted on its official account on Jinri Toutiao, a news aggregator app it owns, late on Sunday.

ByteDance currently faces to sell off its popular short-video app TikTok’s US arm.(REUTERS)
ByteDance currently faces to sell off its popular short-video app TikTok’s US arm.(REUTERS)
Beijing | ByReuters | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar

TikTok owner ByteDance said it has faced “complex and unimaginable difficulties” in the process of working to become a global company, in a statement that also accused Facebook of committing “plagiarism and smears” against the Chinese firm.

The Beijing-based company made the comments in a statement posted on its official account on Jinri Toutiao, a news aggregator app it owns, late on Sunday. The statement also said the firm would continue to adhere to its globalisation vision.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The statement did not mention pressures in the United States that ByteDance currently faces to sell off its popular short-video app TikTok.

Reuters reported U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to give China’s ByteDance 45 days to negotiate a sale of popular short-video app TikTok to Microsoft Corp.

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