As Companies Flee Russia, China-Owned TikTok Takes Different Course
Added 06-28-22 11:20:03am EST - “TikTok is advertising job openings in Moscow, just months after the Chinese-owned social media platform said it suspended its Russia operations amid a mass corporate exodus from the country.” - Freebeacon.com
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TikTok is advertising job openings in Moscow, just months after the Chinese-owned social media platform said it suspended its Russia operations amid a mass corporate exodus from the country.
TikTok’s corporate website lists more than a dozen job postings in Moscow, including revenue planning managers, industry analysts, and monetization strategists. While TikTok often stresses its independence from its Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, several of the Russian job ads request Mandarin Chinese speakers, with one stating that "fluency in Mandarin would be [a] distinct advantage" for candidates.
The TikTok job listings suggest the company has no plans to exit Moscow, even as hundreds of companies, including McDonalds, Starbucks, and Ikea, have pulled out of the Russian market since President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
The hiring activity comes amid growing concerns from U.S. lawmakers about TikTok’s relationships with adversarial countries, and more than a year after the Biden administration promised to conduct a national security review of the platform. ByteDance has accessed private U.S. consumer data collected by the social media site, BuzzFeed reported in June. U.S. senators are also investigating the flood of Russian state-sponsored propaganda on the platform.
In March, TikTok banned Russian users from live-streaming and posting new content in response to the Kremlin’s "fake news" law, which prohibited people from spreading anti-government information. The platform also blocked Russians from viewing content from outside the country.
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