ByteDance accuses Facebook of ‘plagiarism and smears’
News of the ongoing discussions comes as TikTok’s parent company ByteDance launched a broadside at Facebook, accusing the US social media giant of “plagiarism and smears” with going into details.
Reuters reports that the company used its own Chinese news platform, Toutiao, to say it set out to become a global company, but “faced all kinds of complex and unimaginable difficulties, including the tense international political environment, collision and conflict of different cultures and plagiarism and smears from competitor Facebook.
Last week TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer, a former Disney executive, said in a blog post that “Facebook is even launching another copycat product, Reels (tied to Instagram), after their other copycat Lasso failed quickly.”
Facebook launched Lasso in 2018, but shut it down last month.
Mayer said TikTok welcomed competition but Facebook was using patriotism in a bid to reduce it.
“The entire industry has received scrutiny, and rightly so. Yet, we have received even more scrutiny due to the company’s Chinese origins,” he wrote.
“We think fair competition makes all of us better. But let’s focus our energies on fair and open competition in service of our consumers, rather than maligning attacks by our competitor — namely Facebook — disguised as patriotism and designed to put an end to our very presence in the US.”