TikTok, a Chinese company with a short video service, ByteDance, spent a record $2.14 million on lobbying in the U.S. in the second quarter. The company is desperately trying to reflect American legislators' attacks on the privacy and safety of local users on the platform.
Compared to the first quarter, ByteDance's spending on political advancement increased by 130 per cent, and only 16.3 per cent represented an increase over the second quarter of last year, when the company spent $1.84 million on the TikTok Platform became the focus of American politicians, who became actively interested in preserving and accessing US user data from Chinese employees.
The company had to admit that TikTok employees from China did have access to personal information from American users, and it was provided in violation of regulations. The American segment of the service was localized, i.e. moved to Oracle cloud infrastructure across the country, and TikTok's head of security announced his retirement.
It's hard to say how this story can end, but one of the heads of the US Federal Communications Commission has already called on Apple and Google to remove the app from App Store and Play Market. His first lobbyist, TikTok, was hired in 2019, and the company's activities in Washington have since been substantially intensified.