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TikTok launches Twitter account to 'set the record straight'

The video app wants to combat the spread of rumors.

TikTok wants to "set the record straight."
Angela Lang/CNET

TikTok has set up an information hub and Twitter account in an effort to combat misinformation and rumors about its social media platform in real time. TikTok said Monday it will use the sites to "shine a light on the facts and set the record straight."

"We are taking another step to continue to build trust with our TikTok community by delivering the facts -- in our own words and in the words of leading experts across cybersecurity, media and academia -- because we neither support nor stand for the spread of misinformation on our platform, or about our platform," TikTok said.

The moves come after US President Donald Trump on Friday issued a second executive order in relation to the short-video app, giving Chinese parent company ByteDance 90 days to finish a deal to sell off the US arm of TikTok. Microsoft is in talks to buy up the TikTok app from ByteDance.

Trump joined TikTok rival Triller on Friday, as spotted by New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz, posting a video announcing he's "a professional at technology." His first video has been viewed more than 10 million times.

Triller has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Orlando and Paris.

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