Sharing an update on its efforts in India, TikTok’s India Head Nikhil Gandhi has said the company has submitted its response to the Government of India, with whom it is “working to provide clarifications to allay the concerns they have”. He has said TikTok would continue to cooperate with the government of India to help make TikTok available to its users in the future.
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In a post on the company News Room, Gandhi wrote, “Throughout the duration of our operations, we have demonstrated unequivocal commitment to complying with the local laws, including data privacy and security requirements. We have not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign governments, nor have we used such data in any manner that would compromise the integrity of India. Further, even if we are requested to in the future, we would not do so.”
Reiterating what was stated in its Transparency Report that TikTok released earlier in July, Gandhi said, “We take pride in being extremely proactive in responding to government content escalation, by virtue of content moderation decisions taken locally by our Grievance Officer and legal teams.”
“We remain committed to our creator community in India, that entertains millions of TikTok users worldwide with their talent, enabling cross-cultural exchanges and truly global engagements,” Gandhi wrote. “In doing so, our creators continue to inspire us by demonstrating daily, the power of creative expression in propelling positive social and economic change.
“Artists, storytellers, educators and performers from across the country have found not only recognition but also new avenues to livelihood improvement through our platform in India. It is humbling to see how TikTok enabled them to share joy, build awareness around social issues, and access a plethora of perspectives from across the world,” Gandhi wrote, adding, “To this effect, we feel even more inspired and will continue to cooperate with the Government of India with the hope of making the TikTok platform available to our users in the future. Thank you for your continued belief and trust in us.”