‘TikTok for jobless and unstable people’ – Fake quotes of TikTok founder

A claim has been circulating by quoting the founder of the TikTok app, Zhang Yiming, that he created the app just for jobless and unstable people, and the number of such people is the highest in India on social media Facebook for a long time.

Check out some of Facebook posts here (archive), here (archive) and here (archive)

Another different claim has also been circulating under the title “The Founder of TikTok, Zhang Yiming said the App was actually created for Jobless and Unstable people” on Social Media Facebook.

Check out some of Facebook posts here (archive), here (archive), here (archive) and here (archive).

Fact Check

According to Rumor Scanner’s investigation, no reliable sources have been found for the claim that The Founder of TikTok, Zhang Yiming created the app just for jobless and unstable people, and the number of such people is the highest in India.

At the beginning of the investigation, through a keyword search, Rumor Scanner Team found a report in a website named GH Gossip,published on 20 May 2020, titled ‘TikTok Was Created For Jobless and Unstable People – TikTok Founder, Zhang Yiming Reveals.’ 

        Screenshot: GH Gossip

The report circulated a digital banner of Zhang Yiming’s statement that ‘TikTok was created for jobless and unstable people, and the number of such people is the highest in India’, asking readers to comment on this statement.

However, any information was not found from the report about the time and place where Zhang Yiming gave this speech.

Also, another report published on the Opera News website about three years ago titled ‘Read this: Zhang Yiming says he created Tik Tok for jobless and unstable people’ also claimed that Zhang Yiming said, ‘Tik Tok was created only for jobless and unstable people and the number of such people is highest in India.’ His statement created discontent among the users of social media.

Screenshot: Opera News

However, any mention of when and where he gave this statement was not found in the report. Besides, the report has been published in the ‘Gossip Celebrity’ category on the website.

In addition to these websites, see some reports published on several other websites “I Created Tik Tok For Jobless And Unstable People” – Tik Tok Founder – Celebrities – Nairaland (Nairaland), “I Created Tik Tok For Jobless And Unstable People” – Tik Tok Founder (misspetitenaijablog).

Check out a tweet published by a verified account of the social media platform Twitter on 2022.

However, except these websites and social media, any reliable sources could not be found regarding Zhang Yiming’s statement.

Rumor Scanner Team’s investigation so far shows that there is no reliable source for TikTok founder Zhang Yimin’s purpose of creating TikTok and the statement linking Indians with it.

Indians’ tussle with TikTok

On June 15, 2020, at least twenty Indian soldiers were killed in a clash between soldiers of the two countries along the disputed Sino-Indian border in Ladakh, India. After this incident, tension spread between the two countries Following this, India banned 59 Chinese mobile applications including TikTok.

Apart from this, according to Indian media sources, information is also available about the creation of anti-Chinese sentiment among Indians due to the corona infection that started worldwide in 2019.

That is, due to the global spread of the Corona virus and the tension on the India-China border, it created a negative attitude towards TikTok among Indians and finally the banning of TikTok in the country.

Basically, the short video sharing platform TikTok is a Chinese company, founded by Chinese citizen Zhang Yiming. A comment has been circulating on the internet about “The reason behind the invention of TikTok and the number of Indians on TikTok since 2019 that the founder of TikTok created the app only for jobless and unstable people, and the number of such people is the highest in India”. However, the search did not find any reference to the information disseminated in Zhang Yiming’s speech. Rather, the claim has been circulating on various unreliable websites without reference for a long time.

So, the information was circulated claiming the platform’s founder Zhang Yaming’s statement about the reason behind the invention of TikTok and the number of Indians on TikTok is completely false.

Sources

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