TikTok has rubbished suggestions the Chinese government interferes with its content.

TikTok hits back

TikTok hits back

The increasingly-popular, Chinese-owned app has insisted it "does not remove content" based on Chinese sensitivities, after US lawmakers recently raised concerns about the issue.

In a statement, the company explained: "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.

"We are not influenced by any foreign government, including the Chinese government; TikTok does not operate in China, nor do we have any intention of doing so in the future."

The app already has around 500 million regular users, and is thought to have already been downloaded more than one billion times.

But TikTok has stressed that it operates a separate version of the app depending on the location of the user.

All US user data, for instance, is stored in the United States, according to the company, which explained that the US user data is also backed-up in Singapore.

TikTok added: "Our data centres are located entirely outside of China, and none of our data is subject to Chinese law."