TikTok’s parent company ByteDance accuses Facebook of plagiarism following a critical remark by Mark Zuckerberg

The famous short-form video app, TikTok is in front of the line of fire from everywhere these days, and all major tech giants and the US president even are in the favor to get this app banned soon.

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance has been facing a lot of difficulties because of  its social networking app. The Chinese conglomerate recently stated its own news aggregator app, Jinri Toutiao, and accused Facebook of plagiarism!

According to Reuters, ByteDance said that it has always worked hard and showed commitment to become a global company, and during the whole process, it has had to face immense difficulties, that were of complex and unimaginable nature. The international political environment was tense, there were difficulties in collision and conflict of different cultures, but above all, there was plagiarism and smears from the competitor app, Facebook.

ByteDance did not elaborate further on the accusation on Facebook.

All of this happened in response to Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s critical comments in which he had accused TikTok of censoring political protests.

While TikTok had denied that claim, it is quite visible for everyone that Facebook is not in a perfect place itself to accuse some other app of something like that. Everyone knows that Facebook has been facing allegations and accusations from all over the world for not taking a censoring step towards political statements and feuds!

Facebook was currently facing a one-month ad ban from all the major companies because it has been showing insensitive behavior, indifference, and aloofness towards important issues such as racism, violence, hateful speech, bigotry, etc. Facebook had turned a deaf ear to all these accusations in the past and continues to do so. So, when someone so deep in the pit itself stands and points fingers at others, that is when it becomes absurd, and that is what makes everything bizarre and ironically hilarious at the same time!

On the other hand, this is also common knowledge that Facebook is in a habit of copying other famous apps and incorporating their formulae within its app too. Most of the time it faces failure, but the idea cannot be ignored that TikTok’s accusation does hold merit.

Maybe it does not intentionally plagiarize, but it does copy other apps and that is still offensive for other tech giants.

Now, when Facebook itself has so many issues and it hardly sees a good day itself, it should avoid taking stances against others- in this case, TikTok.

In response to TikTok’s accusation, Facebook has not come up with any statement as of yet.

On the other hand, TikTok has its own battles to fight and it is not a good time for the app. ByteDance is facing a lot of pressure from the US investors to sell off TikTok. The issue has gone to such an extent that the US President Donald Trump has given ByteDance an ultimatum f forty-five days to negotiate a sale of TikTok to Microsoft Corp.

Let us see what the future holds for TikTok.


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