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AFP
July 9, 2020

TikTok launches new ad platform as scrutiny increases

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AFP
July 9, 2020

WASHINGTON: Fast-growing video-sharing app TikTok on Wednesday launched a self-serve ad platform, underscoring its ambition to compete with rival social platforms even as it faces new scrutiny in the US and elsewhere. The new global TikTok For Business platform is aimed at small and mid-size businesses and offers “innovative tools with which to create authentic, creative content unique to the app,” according to a statement from TikTok, which is owned by China-based ByteDance and has an estimated one billion users worldwide. “TikTok´s immersive, short-form videos give businesses a platform to participate and engage with a community known for its creativity, ingenuity, and joy,” said vice president Blake Chandlee in a statement. The move could ramp up efforts by TikTok to compete with platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, but comes after the app was banned in India and with US authorities studying actions against the platform. President Donald Trump, asked about a possible ban, told Bloomberg News, “It´s something we´re looking at,” suggesting an action as a means of punishing China. “It´s a big business. Look, what happened with China with this virus, what they´ve done to this country and to the entire world is disgraceful.”