TikTok’s Global Operations Manager is a former Chinese Communist Party diplomat who served in the regime’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and embassies.
Tamer Tang identifies himself as TikTok’s Global Operations Manager, a position he’s held since August 2018, on LinkedIn. He was previously a direct employee of the Chinese Communist Party, serving as an attaché at China’s Egyptian Embassy from 2015 to 2018 and a secretary at the regime’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture from 2014 to 2015.
This connection, unearthed by The National Pulse, follows reporting on TikTok hiring a Tehran-based Chinese Communist Party diplomat to regulate the app’s content in 2020.
These revelations come as no surprise: the app censors content that undermines Chinese Communist Party narratives, and its founder has pledged to use his platform to “promote socialist core values” and devotion to the Chinese government.
After one of his apps was banned by the Chinese government, former TikTok CEO Zhang Yiming promised that his future endeavors – such as TikTok – would “integrate the right values into technology and products.” To do so, his first pledge was to “strengthen party building” by “enhancing education of all the staff on the four consciousness, socialist core values, public opinion guidance, as well as laws and regulations” along with “further deepening cooperation with authoritative media, improving distribution of authoritative media content, and ensuring the effective dissemination of authoritative voices.”
Zhang also promised to “set up an expert group on content supervision” with “National Party Congress representatives and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference members” in attendance.
The company also admits to granting priority to Chinese Communist Party members in their hiring process.
In a job posting for a “content review editor,” ByteDance declared “Communist Party members would be considered first” and described its ideal employee as someone who “loves reading news, cares about current affairs, and has good political sensitivity and judgment.”