ByteDance, owner of popular video app Tiktok, accused Facebook, of plagiarism and smears following criticism from the latter’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Beijing, China based company posted this on its official account on Jinri Toutiao, a news aggregator app owned by them and said that it faced “complex and unimaginable difficulties” in the global market.
“ByteDance has always been committed to becoming a global company. During this process, we have faced all kinds of complex and unimaginable difficulties, including the tense international political environment, collision and conflict of different cultures and plagiarism and smears from competitor Facebook,” it said. Facebook did not instantly respond for comment.
TikTok received criticism from Facebook who last year accused the app of censoring political protest and TikTok has rejected the allegation. ByteDance currently faces to sell off its popular short-video app TikTok as U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to give them 45 days to negotiate a sale of TikTok to Microsoft Corp