TikTok is a Chinese surveillance company cleverly disguised as a social media giant. The Chinese know it, the American Government knows it and other world leaders know it.
Unlike other social media platforms, TikTok doesn’t seem to play by the same rules, and no one cries about it like they would on Meta media or Twitter. But Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) spoke on Fox News about the “digital fentanyl,” saying it needs to go.
TikTok has become a global phenomenon as one of the most popular apps in the social media stratosphere. It’s famous for its short videos engaging audiences and those seeking fifteen minutes of fame.
But it’s also a national security threat by the Chinese. Gallagher and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have teamed up to investigate the social media app and introduce legislation to ban it for its security concerns.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked Gallagher in an interview on Tuesday, “why is it so important that we push TikTok out of the United States once and for all?”
His opening response touched on the dangers to kids, teens and young adults as he called the platform “highly addictive” like “digital fentanyl.” He’s right. China uses hostile tactics and algorithms to promote dangerous, life-threatening trends for American youth.
To get TikTok famous, kids will use trends to film their antics. China knows this and loves manipulating American youth by posting entertaining videos that slowly shift to popularized dangerous trends on the platform.
Rep. Mike Gallagher is warning parents that Chinese-owned TikTok is addictive to kids, and needs to be banned. https://t.co/UpUX387RH3
— NewsBusters (@newsbusters) November 28, 2022
During the interview, Gallagher pivots from teens to Chinese control, which is pretty easy to do as it all intertwines effectively for China. “Like fentanyl precursors back to China, TikTok is owned by ByteDance.
ByteDance is effectively controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. Not only can they track your location, collect your keystrokes, but they can censor your news, and increasingly people use TikTok as a news source,” he said.
To those that may not understand, even American-run and supervised parties at TikTok have to report data collected on U.S. citizens to the CCP should they request the information. ByteDance is always in compliance with Chinese regulators, no matter where they operate.
TikTok does collect data from millions of American citizens. In October, ByteDance was given names of which Americans to target. This month, ByteDance announced that employees in China could and will access the private data of accounts in other countries.
After several minutes discussing the outright denial of the White House and that former President Donald Trump unsuccessfully called to get rid of TikTok while in office, Gallagher concluded that TikTok’s ultimate goal is to launch an “ideological war” to “turn Americans against America.”
China can create perfect propaganda through the social media giant and attack the United States in the process with absolute ease. The CCP will also pay politicians to keep their heads down and pretend nothing is happening.