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It’s the Chinese-owned, social-media company TikTok and that conclusion comes from Peter Schweizer, president of the Governmental Accountability Institute , in a column at the Gatestone Institute, where he is a distinguished senior fellow. “TikTok is a mobile app for sharing short videos, owned by a Chinese company called ByteDance. After five short years on the market, it has more than one billion users worldwide. The app has lived under deep suspicion for much of that time, as American cyber-security and counter-intelligence experts have warned about its enormous reach and direct connections to the Chinese Communist Party,” he explained.
The Trump White House tried to ban it, and was joined by senators as “diverse” as Chuck Schumer of New York and Josh Hawley of Arkansas.
But, he said, nothing came of that.
Under Joe Biden, such concerns were dropped and the only issue now is its work with the government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which reportedly would try to require the company to store its data in the U.S.
But the company continues to refuse to confirm whether the data it collects is given to the Chinese Communist Party, and reports have confirmed that 300 workers at ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, worked previously for Chinese state media, or still do.
Its chief has emphasized “the need for the company to follow the guidance of the Communist Party.”
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., also have suggested a ban, over the app’s “ability to harvest personal information including names, browsing and search history, plus device information and GPS tracking information.”Schweizer explained that TikTok becomes addictive.”Its famous ‘For You’ video playlists are driven by powerful algorithms that are tuned constantly to feed you more of […]
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