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Jakarta Post

TikTok donates Rp 100 billion for COVID-19 medical workers

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 10, 2020   /   10:39 am
TikTok donates Rp 100 billion for COVID-19 medical workers TikTok licensed a catalogue of independent music as it worked to build on the momentum of the social networking app specializing in video snippets. (Shutterstock/XanderSt)

Chinese video sharing platform TikTok, which has gained popularity among young Indonesians, donated Rp 100 billion (US$6.28 million) to medical workers on the frontlines of the country’s battle against COVID-19.

"During this difficult time, we are committed to providing support globally [...] including by donating Rp 100 million for the government of Indonesia to buy protective equipment for medical staff working on the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic," Donny Eryastha, the head of public policy for TikTok Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, said on Thursday.

He symbolically handed over the donation to national COVID-19 rapid response task force head Doni Monardo at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BNPB) headquarters in Jakarta on Thursday.

“Through collaborations like this, we'll be able to fight this pandemic,” Doni said.

Since April 7, the app has also invited its users to show their appreciation for medical professionals by using the hashtag #PahlawanGardaDepan (#FrontlineHeros) on every uploaded post. 

"Together with the government, businesses, NGOs and Indonesian citizens, we commit to doing the best we can. We will survive and eventually rise as a united community," Donny said.

Originally called Douyin in China, TikTok was launched in 2016 by Zhang Yimin, who is also the founder of Beijing news and information platform Toutiao. TikTok was brought to Indonesia in September 2017 by tech company ByteDance. The app allows its users to create short music videos.