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Listening to TikTok’s spokespeople, you would think they represent an ordinary Silicon Valley tech company. But then again, most businesses don’t have to release statements asserting that “[t]he Chinese Communist Party has neither direct nor indirect control” of their operations.
I’ve seen a lot of blatant lies from corporations over the years, but this may be one of the worst. The evidence that China is using TikTok to spy on and influence American citizens is clear, and it only keeps mounting as time goes on. Moreover, Beijing’s influence on ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, is undeniable. Not only does Chinese law compel ByteDance to hand over data at a moment’s notice, but the Chinese government also holds an ownership stake in the tech giant’s key domestic subsidiary.
As the nation debates TikTok and its risks, it is important to explain exactly what is happening behind the scenes. On the surface, TikTok appears to be just an app for making funny, engaging videos. What’s so dangerous about that?
The problem is that TikTok is much more than a platform for talented