On Tuesday, the fast-growing video-sharing app TikTok announced that it plans to add some 10,000 US jobs over the next three years, as it battles complaints about its ties to China.
A spokesman said the new jobs would be in various regions of the US in engineering, marketing, and other sectors.
The news comes as TikTok — especially popular with young smartphone users and estimated to have some one billion users worldwide have faced allegations of ties to Chinese intelligence, which the company denies.
According to a spokesman, TikTok currently has around 1,400 employees in the US.
A bill passed by the US House of Representatives would bar federal employees from using the app on government-issued devices, amid concerns that it could be used for spying.
Last week, a top White House aide said that he expected TikTok to break away from its parent firm and operate as an independent company.
A TikTok statement said the structure of the company is under review.
The statement said that “As we consider the best path forward, ByteDance is evaluating changes to the corporate structure of its TikTok business. We remain fully committed to protecting our users’ privacy and security as we build a platform that inspires creativity and brings joy for hundreds of millions of people around the world.”