“Employees outside the U.S., including China- based employees , can have access to TikTok U.S. user data subject to…”


  1. Do any ByteDance employees have a role in shaping TikTok’s algorithm?

Subjectto the controls described in our response to question 1, ByteDance engineers around the world may assist in developing those algorithms, however our solution with Oracle will ensure that training of the TikTok algorithm only occurs in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and will also ensure appropriate third-party security vetting and validation ofthe algorithm. For more information about how TikTok’s algorithm recommends content, please see our Newsroom post: https://newsroom.tiktok.com/en-us/how-tiktok recommends videos-for-you.

  1. Do any Douyin employees have any access to American user data or a role in shaping TikTok’s algorithm?

ByteDance developed the algorithms for both Douyin and TikTok , and therefore some of the same underlying basic technology building blocks are utilized by both products , but TikTok’s business logic , algorithm , integration , and deployment of systems is specific to the TikTok application and separate from Douyin .