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U.S. Government Ignores TikTok ‘Kill Switch’ Offer

According to press reports, TikTok has disclosed that it offered the U.S. government a “kill switch” back in 2022 to address concerns over data protection and national security.

The ByteDance-owned app made this offer as part of its efforts to prevent a ban in the United States.

According to TikTok, the proposed “kill switch” would have given the US government the power to shut down the platform at its sole discretion if certain rules were not followed.

These rules were outlined in a draft “National Security Agreement” that TikTok presented to the government in August 2022.

The agreement also included provisions such as properly funding data protection units and ensuring that ByteDance did not have access to US users’ data.

However, TikTok claims that despite its efforts to address government concerns, US officials ceased any substantive negotiations after the proposal was made.

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