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Hitting Back at US, TikTok says that it is not Influenced by China

US Senators such as Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton wrote a letter earlier this week to the US intelligence officials asking that they investigate TikTok for possible national security threats

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TikTok owner ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is aiming to take on the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Gaana with its own music streaming service in India. VOA

Hitting back at the US over accusations of censoring content to appease Beijing, Chinese short-video making platform TikTok has said it does not censor content critical of the Chinese government, and that none of its operations are subject to the Chinese law.

Over the past several weeks, TikTok, owned by Beijing-based Bytedance, has been at the centre of public statements by Members of the US Congress and others regarding alleged censorship of content, as well as their data protection practices.

“Let us be very clear: TikTok does not remove content based on sensitivities related to China. We have never been asked by the Chinese government to remove any content and we would not do so if asked. Period. Our US moderation team, which is led out of California, reviews content for adherence to our US policies — just like other US companies in our space,” the company wrote in a blog post on Friday.

US Senators such as Chuck Schumer and Tom Cotton wrote a letter earlier this week to the US intelligence officials asking that they investigate TikTok for possible national security threats.

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TikTok has said it does not censor content critical of the Chinese government, and that none of its operations are subject to the Chinese law. VOA

Talking about data privacy and security, TikTok added: “We store all TikTok US user data in the US, with backup redundancy in Singapore. Our data centres are located entirely outside of China, and none of our data is subject to Chinese law.”

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The company noted it has a dedicated technical team focused on adhering to robust cybersecurity policies, and data privacy and security practices. (IANS)

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Now Google Pay Offers UPI Recharge Option For FASTag Users

FASTag is an electronic toll collection system, operated by the National Highway Authority of India

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According to the company, to recharge their FASTag accounts, users need to open their Google Pay app, look for the FASTag category under the "Bill Payments" section and select the bank that has issued their FASTag. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to help its users recharge their FASTag accounts faster, Google Pay on Monday announced that it has added a new Unified Payments Interface (UPI) feature that will let them link FASTag accounts to the Google Pay app and recharge and track their payments.

According to the company, to recharge their FASTag accounts, users need to open their Google Pay app, look for the FASTag category under the “Bill Payments” section and select the bank that has issued their FASTag.

“On the next screen, enter your vehicle number and proceed to pay with your bank account. Users can also check their FASTag account balance for FASTags issued by supported banks with the tap of a button,” the company said in a statement.

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In a bid to help its users recharge their FASTag accounts faster, Google Pay on Monday announced that it has added a new Unified Payments Interface (UPI) feature that will let them link FASTag accounts to the Google Pay app and recharge and track their payments. Wikimedia Commons

FASTag is an electronic toll collection system, operated by the National Highway Authority of India.

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It employs Radio Frequency Identification technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it or directly toll owner. (IANS)