A former Chinese govt official was in charge of making decisions on what content should be allowed on TikTok. This raises questions about company’s previous claims that the Chinese govt had no influence over its operations. Cai Zheng, who worked at the Chinese Embassy in Tehran from 2013-18, ran the global content policy team at ByteDance until earlier this year. During Cai’s stint, TikTok was accused of removing videos critical of the Chinese govt.

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