TikTok responds to huge UK government fine: happy to see it significantly reduced
TikTok is one of the most successful Chinese apps to go overseas. According to Zhou Shouzhi, TikTok's Chief Executive Officer, at a recent hearing of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, TikTok has reached 150 million monthly active users in the US, which is about a third of the total US population. This is a significant increase from 100 million in 2020.
According to previous official sources, TikTok will have more than 1 billion monthly active users worldwide by September 2021. This shows that TikTok has a strong global presence.
Recently, CNMO noted that the UK Information Commissioner's Office fined Chinese short-form social media platform TikTok £12.7 million (equivalent to approximately RMB 110 million). The UK Information Commissioner's Office said the fine was imposed because TikTok breached data protection laws by using the personal data of children under the age of 13 without parental consent.
In response, a TikTok spokesperson said the same day that the company disagreed with the Information Commissioner's decision, but was pleased that the fine had been "significantly reduced from the $33.73 million the office proposed last year".
According to an earlier report by Insider Intelligence, US adults now spend more time on TikTok each day than on more popular overseas platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. TikTok is particularly popular with young people, with the average US user over the age of 18 already spending 58 minutes a day on TikTok.
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